Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are finally set to play together in Manchester United’s first practice match ahead of the Premier League restart next week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Championship promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion on Friday afternoon at Old Trafford.
Manchester Evening News report United will play two separate hour-long matches, with Solskjaer splitting his first-team squad into two sides as the Reds aim to build match fitness.
United were ready to play other Championship opposition in Stoke City on Tuesday, before it emerged that their manager Michael O’Neill had tested positive for coronavirus.
But United have managed to arrange a friendly at short-notice with Slaven Bilić’s side and it gives Solskjaer the opportunity to see how the partnership between Pogba and Fernandes could develop.
The midfield link-up between the pair has taken up much of the conversation between United fans during this enforced break. We have not seen the pair on the same team before yet, and it will be fascinating to see how Solskjaer chooses to integrate his two most creative players.
Fernandes and Pogba were pictured on different teams in the intra-squad friendly at Old Trafford on Saturday, which finished 4-4.
We doubt United fans will be allowed to see footage of the behind closed doors training match, mainly arranged so the squad can get some important match-sharpness.
But if Fernandes and Pogba can strike a relationship quickly, it would be difficult for Solskjaer to leave either player out of next Friday’s game against Tottenham.