Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov doubts whether Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes can co-exist in the same midfield.
Fernandes has been an instant hit since arriving at Old Trafford in January, scoring goals and adding assists as the Red Devils have gone on an unbeaten run in the Premier League and Europa League.
Pogba has barely featured this season, not starting a game since September due to an ongoing ankle injury that has kept him on the sidelines.
The Frenchman is poised to follow fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic in penning a new contract at Old Trafford, although it would appear that that is just to protect his market value ahead of a summer sale.
If he does stay, however, then Berbatov cannot see how Pogba and Fernandes fit together in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield.
“I don’t know if Fernandes and Pogba can play together,” Berbatov said in his Betfair column.
“Fernandes has quickly become an influential player for United. I’m pleased and impressed by how well integrated into the team he’s become in a short space of time.
“His teammates are looking for him with the ball because they know he can create magic. He looks happy to be playing for United. I really hope he continues in this form.
“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.
“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.”
United currently have a three-man midfield of Fernandes, Fred and Nemanja Matic, but with Scott McTominay also in the mix things will get very interesting when Pogba does eventually return.
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