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Bruno Fernandes has almost instantly achieved what it took time for Paul Scholes to do

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has praised Bruno Fernandes for the impact he has had at the Old Trafford club since his arrival during the January transfer window. United probably should have signed the player last summer, which could have led to a brilliant season for them, if the player had the same impact, but next season will have to do in that respect. Fernandes had literally changed the landscape at the club since January, leading them to a third-placed finish in the Premier League.

Fernandes made a total of 22 appearances for United this season, scoring 12 goals and eight assists in all competitions, playing in the Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League. United reached the semi-final stages of both the FA Cup and the Europa League this season, losing to Chelsea and Sevilla respectively. Saha has been impressed with what he has seen from the Portuguese midfielder this season and will be wondering what lies in store for the club and the player during the 2020/21 season. Speaking to the Football Index Podcast and reported by The Mirror, Saha said:

“I don’t remember a player ever coming to Manchester United or the Premier League and having the immediate impact that Bruno Fernandes has had.

“He’s demanded a much higher standard of this Manchester United squad and the players around him have risen to the occasion. Fernandes has of course scored a lot of penalties, but he has been a big attacking threat from open play and also drives the high press to regain possession back.

“It took even Paul Scholes a couple of years to gain the respect and ability to impact games like this, but Bruno Fernandes has achieved it immediately.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he will be able to maintain this form next season and he will only become more effective if he is surrounded by more quality players.”

On his arrival at United, Paul Pogba was still on the sidelines through unjust, recovering from ankle surgery. It was immediately wondered what sort of impact the Frenchman would make in a team that also consisted of Fernandes. The Frenchman seemed excited about linking up with the midfielder and when he got around to doing just that, it seemed to work well. Pogba has a new lease of life at United, according to Saha and he feels that his compatriot will go from strength to strength at the club with Fernandes in the same team. Saha said:

“I think Paul Pogba has been given a new lease of life now that Manchester United has signed Bruno Fernandes.

“Pogba is very motivated by Fernandes and having him in the midfield next to him has given him more freedom and far more options on the ball.

“He has also benefitted massively by now being able to share the spotlight with Fernandes both when Manchester United are playing well, but more importantly when they have a bad result too.”

Fernandes will be enjoying his rest from a busy 2019/20 season, which for United lasted 370 days from start to finish, despite the three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Playing for both Sporting Clube de Portugal and United in the same season, the 25-year-old has made a total of 50 appearances, scoring 27 goals and 22 assists, meaning that he was directly involved in 49 goalscoring actions in 50 matches, just short of one per match, which if continued next season for United, would be the start of a great period for the club, especially if they end up strengthening the squad this summer, which is something the club must do.

Written by John Walker

Bruno Fernandes has drawn comparisons to Eric Cantona; the midfielder has responded gracefully

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has downplayed comparisons to United legend Eric Cantona and insisted that he still has a long way to go before he can be compared to the Frenchman in the same breath. It would seem that the Portuguese midfielder is down to earth and will not take praise that he feels is not deserved, which today is great to see. You see many players that think they are the bee’s knees despite not achieving much in their careers. Fernandes is so much different than that based on what has been said.

Recently, several former United players have compared Fernandes’ impact to that of Cantona when Sir Alex Ferguson signed the Frenchman from Leeds United on the 26 November 1992. Phil Neville, speaking to Premier League Productions, said:

“Cantona? [Wayne] Rooney when he came in? You talk about the great Manchester United players that have been brought in, Cantona probably had the biggest influence of all-time.

“You think now that United have gone a long time without winning a league title, at the moment he’s [Fernandes] lit up the whole place.”

Ryan Giggs credited Fernandes for “giving everyone a lift:” with David May stating that Fernandes was the “missing piece of the puzzle” like Cantona when he was at Leeds. The Portuguese magnifico will have been proud of the comments from former United players, players who won the treble at the club during the 1998/99 season, at least in respect of Neville and Giggs with May playing a slight role in that squad that season.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of United’s UEFA Europa League semi-final against Sevilla in Cologne on Sunday, the Portuguese midfielder was complimentary about the praise he has been given but feels that he should do a lot more than Cantona before he can be mentioned alongside him. Reported by The Mirror, Fernandes said:

“For me it is really good to talk about those names. But for me Cantona was an amazing player for the club, but I need to do much, much better to be compared to him.

“For me coming to Manchester is about winning trophies. I will be happy if we win the Europa League.”

Since signing for United in January, Fernandes has made a total of 21 appearances for United this season, scoring 11 goals and eight assists, which is a great start to his career at the club. In this season as a whole, Fernandes has made a total of 49 appearances, playing for both Sporting Clube de Portugal and United, scoring 26 goals and 22 assists – have 48 goal involvements which is nearly one every match played. Fernandes, who scored the penalty which beat FC Copenhagen, concluded by saying:

“I can’t say it was easy! The team helped me a lot, the staff. It was much easier for me.

“Maybe I already played in Italy so I know how it is to be in different leagues, but Premier League is different.

“I have the confidence from my club, my teammates and that helps you do your game.

“It is time to step up for big players, big game moments. You have to have 100% focus.

“We have learnt it is very painful to lose a semi-final.”

Written by John Walker

Bruno Fernandes targets UEFA Europa League glory this season after Premier League finish

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has set his sights on UEFA Europa League glory this season after helping the club finish in third place in the Premier League this season, therefore helping the club earn UEFA Champions League football next season. The player only arrived at the club during the January transfer window and has been a revelation for the club since his arrival, only tasting defeat once; against Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

So far this season, Fernandes has played just 20 times for United and has scored 10 goals and eight assists, achieving a goal contribution every 0.90 match, which is a good to see and shows how well he has fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team this season, paying so few matches and fitting in almost right away. It was reported last week that Fernandes could cost United a further £9 million this summer, after their initial £46.6 million outlay, as reported by The Mirror. This is good though as it means the player is on the road to achieving at the Old Trafford club.

Earlier this year, United found themselves 14 points behind Leicester City, who were in the top four of the Premier League for the majority of the season, clawing that back and toppling the club by four points, in effect earning 18 points more than Leicester to be in the position that finished the season in earning that all important Champions League groups stage place, finishing four points clear of the club, which was Solskjaer’s main objection this season.

United did have two options to earn Champions League football next season but because of their league position, they will no longer need to win the Europa League to gain their objective, now able to go for glory based on an ambition to win trophies. United will face LASK in the round of 16 stage second leg next week then could face either Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen in the quarter-finals which is set to be played in Cologne, which could be United’s base if they go all the way to the final, which is what Fernandes wants to do. Reported by The Mirror, the Portuguese midfielder said:

“Now our focus is on the Europa League, because this is a really good trophy and we want to win.

“I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.

“We have qualities enough to fight for some titles – more than one title. We need to win some trophies and then we’ll be really happy.”

It is good to see a player take things so seriously. Fernandes has shown his ability this season, helping United rediscover their spark which saw both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial score 22 goals each so far this season, also seeing Mason Greenwood score 17 goals in his first full season in the first team. It is only right that winners like Fernandes will want to win trophies and setting his sights on the Europa League is a good sign. Perhaps he can inspire his teammates to go for glory, now that there is nothing else on the line in this tournament. Fernandes also spoke about reaching the Champions League next season, saying:

“We feel good, it’s what we wanted. We trained hard and worked hard for this moment.

“Of course, playing Champions League is always special and I hope it can be with the supporters, that will be more special.

“We deserve to be in the best games, in the best European competition. Nothing against the Europa League, but everyone knows the best competition is the Champions League.”

The future is looking good for United. This summer will be an important one for Solskjaer to continue his rebuild of the club. Now that the pressure of the Premier League and a top four finish is over and down with, with the club completing their objective, the player will be able to rest for the best part of a week before getting themselves ready for the Europa League. Granted, many might be rested from the LASK match with the tie seemingly won but they might be on the bench, just in case.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United to pay £9 million more for Bruno Fernandes if they qualify for Champions League

Manchester United might have to pay Sporting Club de Portugal more money this summer after singing Bruno Fernandes, 25, during the January transfer window. The Sun has reported that the £47 million initial signing might raise to £56 million this summer with an extra £9 million being paid to the Portuguese club providing United do actually qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season, which was one of the clauses in the player’s contract when a deal was done at the start of the year. United will have budgeted for this.

The media, however, seem to sensationalise this as more money taken out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s budget for the summer, which could be make or break for United. One of the clauses in the contract for the sale was that after 20 appearances for United, £4.5 million would be payable to the Portuguese club. Then if United finished in the top four positions of the Premier League, therefore earning UEFA Champions League football, a further £4.5 million would be payable – a total of £9 million. Executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward will have budgeted for this.

Fernandes has made 18 appearances for United already with two more Premier League matches left to play; West Ham United on Wednesday and Leicester City on Sunday, which will end the domestic season for the club. To add to those appearances will be the UEFA Europa League which will resume inside the next fortnight with United facing LASK at Old Trafford, despite being 5-0 up from the first leg of the round of 16 stage. That will ensure that United will have to pay at least £4.5 million in add-ons this summer as part of the Fernandes deal.

Allegedly, according to The Sun report, which comes from Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Sporting were not happy with the clauses as at the time United signed Fernandes, it was unlikely that they could achieve Champions League football so that additional £4.5 million wold not be something they could receive any time soon. However, with the club 19-match unbeaten run, they seem to have changed that making it realistic, especially if Solskjaer’s side beat West Ham which will put pressure on both Leicester, who lost to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and Chelsea, who will face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Fernandes has been a revelation for United this season, tasting defeat once, on Sunday at the hands of Chelsea, and scoring nine goals and eight assists in his 18 appearances, which shows the type of player that he is – a winner. United will need to ensure they keep him fit as when he does not play, United look less of a team. I guess this shows how important the upcoming transfer window is this summer with Solskjaer seeking to strengthen his team significantly to help them achieve something next season. United should be ready to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

The rest of the season could be a big step up for Fernandes and his teammates. Achieving Champions League football was the main thing to aim for at the start of the season and that looked like a tough task at the time. However, with an upturn in form, things have developed and it is no coincidence that this happened after Fernandes’ arrival in January. The future looks good for United. If Solskjaer can ensure his team win their next two matches, they will achieve the bare minimum this season – Champions League football. If they can challenge in the Europa League too, possibly ending with a trophy, it will be the start of something.

Written by John Walker

Paul Pogba studied Bruno Fernandes and how he played to set alight partnership

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has revealed that he studied teammate Bruno Fernandes ahead of their first match playing together for the club. Fernandes signed for United from Sporting Clube de Portugal during the January transfer window and has been a revelation for the club ever since he arrived. The Frenchman, who has been out with ankle injuries for much of the season seemingly wanted to get ahead of the game and adapt for his partnership with the Portuguese midfielder.

Fernandes cost United £47 million in January and could see his price eventually rise to £65 million or more with add-ons being paid to his former club based on his achievements and performances for his new club – which might be a certainty rather than a possibility based on what he has done in the 17 appearances he has made for the club, scoring eight goals and assisting a further eight – also have involvement in Marcus Rashford’s opening goal against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

When Fernandes arrived at the Old Trafford club, speculation was rife regarding Pogba’s future at the club with Real Madrid interested and also Juventus wanting to take him back to his former club – four years after he left. Injured at the time, suffering a second ankle injury, which required surgery and looked to keep him out for the season, Pogba started to watch videos of Fernandes’ performances, which kind of gives the suggestion that the Frenchman wanted to stay at United, in my opinion at least.

However, the coronavirus pandemic happened which suspended the Premier League season – and the rest of world football, in mid-March, giving the Frenchman time to recover, which he did during the lockdown, building up his fitness before returning to training with his teammates at the Aon training complex in Carrington, getting ready for the start of the season. It meant that Pogba and Fernandes’ partnership would actually be a thing – it’s great that Pogba did his homework on him.

Pogba returned, albeit from the bench in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, winning the penalty that put United back into the game, playing competitively with Fernandes for the first time. Since then, the Frenchman has played in every match, starting six times and coming off the bench twice. It is fair to say the two players have hit it off and despite stumbling against both Southampton and Crystal Palace, despite scoring twice in each game, United have done well. Speaking to BT Sport before Thursday’s victory over Palace and reported by The Sun, Pogba said:

“When Bruno [Fernandes] arrived, I got that I need to understand him straight away.

“I didn’t want one month to adapt to his game so I watched him, watched his position, how he used the ball, what he’s good at so when I came back we could do well together.

“Straight away when I get to him [Bruno], I know ‘I can make this run’, ‘I know I have to pass him the ball there because he is dangerous there’.

“I try to analyse how he plays with the team, how to improve my positioning and stuff like that.”

Pogba is clearly enjoying things at United now that Fernandes has arrived. He should have been signed last summer when the speculation linking the Portuguese midfielder to the club was rife. However, that did not happen. Pogba is back in the thick of things, playing for the team he called his destiny when he returned to the Old Trafford club in the summer of 2016, clearly loving the new look United side, with creativity seemingly all over the pitch when in the past it might have been left to him, which could give understanding as to why he was not happy?

Last month, after a few weeks of action in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup, Pogba revealed that he was happy to be back in action playing alongside Fernandes, who is a spectacular player for the club after what he has shown to be his ability so far this season. His arrival has also brought out the best of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, with the trio helping themselves to 60 goals in all competitions this season – which is a great result for United. As reported by The Sun, Pogba was quoted as saying:

“From behind I just enjoy it. I’m enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals.”

Previously, a record had been set at United with both Robin van Persie, who signed from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 – helping United to their 20th league title, and Eric Cantona, who signed from Leeds United in 1992 have seen their records overtaken by Fernandes, who has yet to taste defeat for United since his arrival. United are now on a 19-match unbeaten run this season, last losing to Burnley on the 22 January 2020; a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. In his 11 Premier League appearances (before the Palace victory), United have won seven times, drawing four times with Fernandes scoring seven goals and seven assists.

Fernandes has a total of 14 goal involvements in his 12 league appearances, which beats Van Persie’s 12 goal involvements (eight goals, four assists) in 11 league matches, which shows how well United did by signing the player, albeit six months after they should have signed him. Cantona had 11 goal involvements in his first 11 matches for United (five goals, six assists) back in the 1992/93 season. Dwight Yorke is there too, one of the heroes of the treble winning season, with 11 goal involvements (seven goals, four assists) in his first 11 league appearances. Fernandes could well go onto becoming a legend of the club, possibly with Pogba, who is definitely happy to see a player of his calibre at the Theatre of Dreams, which could see him sign a new contract, maybe?

Written by John Walker

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked Patrice Evra for Cristiano Ronaldo’s number to ask him about Bruno Fernandes before January transfer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he had to get Cristiano Ronaldo’s telephone number from former United left-back Patrice Evra before contacting him to ask about Bruno Fernandes before United purchased the Portuguese midfielder from Sporting Clube de Portugal during the January transfer window.

The Norwegian manager was aiming to get Ronaldo’s thoughts on Fernandes before United signed the player, which was a good thing to do seeing as United needed the impetus from someone this season with creativity seemingly a major problem in the squad before the 25-year-olds arrival at the Theatre of Dreams.

It has previously been reported that Ronaldo’s glowing endorsement of his compatriot’s ability helped him seal his dream move to United earlier this year, which has been a revelation in helping United achieve on the pitch with the Portuguese midfielder scoring eight goals and seven assists in 15 appearances for the club so far.

Solskjaer, explaining on the clubs High Performance podcast talked about Evra being the facilitator in him getting in contact with Ronaldo to speak about Fernandes about a possible transfer and it seems what Ronaldo said was a glowing reference to the midfielder which ended with him signing for United and pulling the string right away. Solskjaer said:

“So obviously Cristiano [Ronaldo] was an easy goal for me that I managed to get through.

“Through Patrice Evra, I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stood him [Bruno Fernandes] in good stead.”

Fernandes has done well at United so far, winning back to back Premier League Player of the Month awards for March and June, the gap being the suspension of the Premier League from mid-March until mid-June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fernandes’ partnership with Paul Pogba in midfield is a positive one which will drive the player’s and club forward, contesting for honours in the near future.

Jamie Carragher gives Manchester United Bruno Fernandes warning; jealous, bitter or does he have a point?

Former Liverpool central defender Jamie Carragher feels that Manchester United have a ‘way to go’ before they will be a team capable of taking on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title. He might be right but some suggest the club is closer that the ABUs might think – everyone has an opinion and they do differ.

The arrival of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Clube de Portugal during the January transfer window seems to have set United in the right direction in search of glory once again with the player scoring eight goals and seven assists in 15 appearances since he arrived at the club, sparking the life out of his teammates too.

Despote United’s upturn in form since Fernandes arrived, United are still 34 points behind champions Liverpool but only 11 points short of Manchester City so it shows that there is still a gap for United to close down, a not so big on with their cross-city rivals but a much bigger one with Liverpool. It does not mean that gap cannot be closed though.

During Carragher’s time as a player at Liverpool, the current roles were reversed and he saw United prosper and Liverpool falter on many occasions. This has led him to recognise some things at his former club that are very similar to what is going on at United right now. In his column in The Telegraph, Carragher said:

“United hope Fernandes is the man inspiring them to that first significant target of a Champions League place.

“They look stronger with him because top-class players bring out more from those around.

“I often experienced similar reawakenings at Liverpool, especially when Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez joined the club.

“Within a few training sessions and games you realised you had a matchwinner so the belief soared and all the talk about managers ‘needing a clearout’ subsided.

“That is why I would offer a note of caution to United fans.

“Just as the club is never as far away from a revival as it might seem after nightmare defeats, they are not always as near to being title contenders as it appears after a promising run.

Personally, I don’t think Carragher is being bitter. I find some kind of sincerity in what he is saying and it is merely a warning to suggest that Fernandes’ arrival may have been something to stir United up but more will need to happen. He also clarified his comparison of Liverpool and United should be seen as a positive more than anything else. He said:

“However the observation is received, comparing the United of now to Liverpool in the 2000s is a compliment, not an insult

“We were in a constant state of being close, but not close enough. United have the resources to bridge the gap to ensure their wait to return to the top is not so long.”

Bruno Fernandes arrival has helped Manchester United restore Sir Alex Ferguson’s four demands – which is great to see

Manchester United look like a completely different team since the arrival of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes during the January transfer window, taking the same path as Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani from Sporting Clube de Portugal. Unbeaten in their last 16 matches, United have seemingly gone from strength to strength, which is a good thing.

Should United score three or more goals against Aston Villa on Thursday evening, United could become the first Premier League team to win four consecutive matches by three or more goals, which would be a good achievement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season with the club seeking to find the path back to success and challenge for trophies.

Fernandes has not yet tasted defeat when playing for United, which is also a good sign and something that will eventually come, whenever that may be. United do look like a rich better side than they have been since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012/13 season, which was also the last time the club won the Premier League title.

In March 2019, former United coach Rene Meulensteen lifted the lid on an early visit to Ferguson office when he was first promoted as a first team coach at the club. Four key demands were outlined at the time; pace, power, penetration and unpredictability. Speaking to the Coaches’ Voice about this, Meulensteen said:

“He was standing by a flipchart where he’d scribbled notes down over three pages: one on defence, one talking about possession and one about attacking.

“When I see United attack, I want to see them attack with four things: pace, power, penetration and unpredictability’.

“When he left, after 26 years in charge, that identity went with him. Those four things disappeared. It was laboured. It was slow. Too many touches. No runs.

“Now, you see those things coming back in. Because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was part of that.”

Meulensteen revealed a year ago that he though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was bringing those aspects; pace, power, penetration and unpredictability back but a laboured first half of the season before Fernandes’ arrival left the door open on the Norwegian achieving what seems to be his task; making United successful again.

The Portuguese magnifico has brought back the creativity into the squad, which is a great sign of progress and this has also seen penetration and predictability brought back into matches, which can be seen by the scorelines of recent matches, especially the 5-2 victory over Bournemouth at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon.

This has also seen the pace and power of United talented attacking line brought into the fold which since Fernandes’ arrival has seen Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood thrive at the club. It seems to be no coincidence that the Portuguese midfielder has been linking well with his attacking teammates.

Paul Pogba looks more of a player that he had done at the club since he returned in the summer of 2016, seeming much happier playing a deeper midfield role, happy to see Fernandes play further ahead, looking to offload a pass before moving forward. Gary Neville was complimentary of United’s recent 3-0 victory over Brighton, declaring:

“Well that was [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Wayne] Rooney and Nani. Arsenal, back in the late 2000s. The speed of that counter-attack!”

Bruno Fernandes has freed Paul Pogba from transfer fee burden according to Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United captain and central defender Rio Ferdinand believes that the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Clube de Portugal in January had now freed French midfielder Paul Pogba from the burden of his club record £89 million transfer fee. The club legend feels that Fernandes has rejuvenated United since his arrival.

United look to be a completely different team since the Premier League resumed last month and under the guidance of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the club will be seeking to challenge the likes of Leicester City and Chelsea to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Pogba has caught the eye since returning against Tottenham Hotspur, a match which he won the penalty that earned United a point from the match. He has started in each match since his return, playing at the top of his game and helping his team prosper, sitting unbeaten in their last 16 matches, scoring 43 goals, conceding six, and keeping 11 clean sheets.

It was expected that Pogba could be leaving the Old Trafford club this summer after many rumours linking the player with a return to Juventus or a move to Real Madrid. However, the player is thriving in a deeper midfield position playing alongside Nemanja Matic and with Fernandes playing further forward, it is working for Solskjaer and United. Ferdinand feels Pogba is no longer feeling the pressure, saying:

“[Paul] Pogba has been a totally different player since the restart. The energy levels in his game, it’s the Pogba United paid £89 million for four years ago.

“A big factor is undoubtedly the man he is playing with in the centre of midfield – Bruno Fernandes. Pogba will not want to be shown up out there and that’s perhaps the motivation he needed.

“Solskjaer will be absolutely loving what he’s seeing from those two. Fernandes is just doing what comes naturally to him and it’s been a huge boost to Pogba’s form – it’s freed him up to play as well.

“There’s probably less pressure on him now because he knows that some of the burden of expectation is being shouldered by Fernandes.”

It is going to be interesting to see what the remainder of the season brings for United. They will be back in action on Thursday evening when they travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa, who are deep in a relegation battle after being defeated 2-0 by Liverpool on Sunday. United will be seeking to continue their good form and earn all three points, keeping chase on Chelsea, Leicester City who are fourth and third respectively.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are injury doubts ahead of Bournemouth clash after training collision – reports

Manchester United midfield duo Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are reportedly doubts for the Premier League clash against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon because of a collision in training on Friday. The duo ran into each other and could therefore miss the important fixture as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in good form.

If this is true, it will be a massive blow for United with the pair both working well together since the restart of the league last month. United have continues their run of form, extending their 11-match unbeaten run to 15 with the four matches played since the season resumed after being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

It is suggested in the media that Pogba accidentally collided with Fernandes in training and the pair had limped away and were taken for treatment, however, it is being reported that Fernandes came off worse. This has not been confirmed by the club or the manager and I guess we will see whether this is serious or not on Saturday.

United already have two players in the sidelines through injury at this moment in time with Axel Tuanzebe unlikely to return until September and Phil Jones out for another few weeks with an injury, which is usually the case with the former England defender. This had led to Ethan Laird being brought into first team training to add some depth in defence.

Pogba and Fernandes, if they are going to be out of action for the match against Bournemouth, will be a massive blow, especially if they are going to be out of action for a prolonged period of time with United facing Aston Villa in the Premier League next week with United playing a total of seven matches this month, which will bring the end of the season.

Fernandes is the player who has changes United’s form since he arrived in January, scoring six goals and four assist in his appearances so far, scoring a brace in the 3-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday evening. United have the chance this weekend to keep chase on Chelsea, who stuttered to defeat against West Ham United this week, seeing their lead over United cut to two points, from five.

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