Dimitar Berbatov has questioned whether Paul Pogba playing alongside Bruno Fernandes would be beneficial for Manchester United.
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford remains unclear and he has been largely expected to leave the club this summer. But it’s uncertain which club could facilitate the transfer of Pogba when the transfer window eventually opens and there is a realistic possibility that he could remain in Manchester.
The French World Cup winner has been ruled out of action with a recurring ankle problem since the turn of the year and has managed just five Premier League starts this term.
Bruno Fernandes meanwhile, has made a blistering start to his United career, completely revitalising the squad with his quality and leadership on the pitch.
The Portugal star was named February’s Premier League player of the month, testament to the impact he has made at Old Trafford so far.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were finally finding some form with Fernandes among their ranks and were unbeaten in 11, but the COVID-19 outbreak has halted their momentum.
Berbatov thinks Pogba and Fernandes may be too similar to work efficiently in the same midfield.
“I don’t know if Fernandes and Pogba can play together,” the former United striker wrote in his Betfair column, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“As a fan of Paul Pogba, I want him to stay at United, I think it would be best for him, but I am curious to see how he will link up with Fernandes,” added Berbatov.
“They’re similar players, both intelligent enough to think three steps ahead when they’re on the ball. Sometimes footballers are too similar to play together.
“But I hope that’s not the case here because, with Fernandes and Pogba in the same midfield, United could be a very imaginative team that would surprise opponents next season or even sooner.”
The dynamic of Solskjaer’s midfield including Pogba and Fernandes would be fascinating, alongside a holding player such as Fred or Nemanja Matic.
These are players of genuine quality on the ball and surely the Reds can only become a more potent attacking force with both in the same team.
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