Manchester United could line up with both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba after the coronavirus crisis.
Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has cooled Paul Pogba’s frustrations with life at Old Trafford, reports say. The World Cup winner’s future is up in the air amid ongoing talk that Juventus or Real Madrid may try to sign him when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Manchester United are yet to line up with both Fernandes and Pogba in the same midfield due to the France international’s ongoing injury problems.
But the World Cup winner is nearing a return to action in a major boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, having been out of action since the 4-1 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Pogba has been tipped to leave United for either Real Madrid or Juventus, with the two European superpowers both keen on the 27-year-old.
But his frustrations with life at Old Trafford have cooled in the wake of Fernandes’ arrival, Unibet claim.
Back in January the Red Devils forked out a huge £46million to sign the 25-year-old from Sporting Lisbon after weeks of negotiations.
And Fernandes has made a flying start to life at his new club, being directly involved in six goals already so far.
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The report claims that Pogba felt United weren’t bringing in world-class players to help challenge for titles.
That’s despite the Red Devils pumping considerable amounts of cash into transfers for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But Pogba has been left delighted by Fernandes’ arrival and other reports have even tipped him to stay and sign a new contract.
Solskjaer was recently asked about Pogba’s future and insisted the midfielder would be at United next season.
“Paul’s our player. He has two years left on his contract, a year plus the option of another,” Solskjaer said.
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“You can expect Paul to be here [next season], yeah.”
Fernandes, meanwhile, recently outlined how he differs to Pogba and the other midfielders at Old Trafford.
“I think I’m a different player from the others,” the United midfielder told Sky Sports.
“Everyone has a different mould to play, maybe I take more risks, maybe other players don’t take as many, maybe I shoot more, some players pass more, some of the players make more tackles, everyone is different in a club. Some players are similar but they’re never the same player.
“I’m a player who normally likes to take the risk, give the last pass and try to give more assists to my team-mates so I need to take the risk.
“It doesn’t matter for me if someone off the field is not happy about my pass, I will respect it but I will keep trying.”
Fernandes was set to start in United’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, which was scheduled for Sunday.
But the match has fallen victim to the coronavirus crisis with the Premier League currently suspending all matches until April 3 at the earliest.
There’s even talk the whole campaign could be made null and void.
But United don’t want that to happen, with Solskjaer determined to steer the club back to the Champions League.