Michael Carrick believes that Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba can play together, but claims “it is not just about them”.
The prospect of the duo – who cost around to sign £150m between them – forming a successful partnership at Old Trafford has led to the belief that they could inspire a new era for Manchester United.
However, they have had relatively few opportunities to play together so far – but the signs have looked promising when they have done.
And United coach Carrick, who himself impressed in United’s midfield for several years, thinks the pair are destined for success – even though it is “unfair” to just focus on them.
“It is understandable why a lot of the questions are ‘can they play together?’ because they are two fantastic talents,” Carrick told ESPN.
“We feel we’ve got a really good balance in midfield between all the lads really. It is kind of unfair to single them out asking ‘can they play together?’ because the other boys have done a terrific job and will have plenty to say as well.
“Of course, the talk is about Bruno and Paul and I’m sure they can play together. That’s why they are both here at the club and I’m sure they are looking forward to it.
“But as Bruno and Paul would totally understand me saying, it is not just about them.
“We’ve got so many other options with lads who have already proven what they bring to the team. It is exciting to have that.
“They all bring something different and all have their own strengths.”
FERNANDES ON POGBA CONNECTION
Previous comments from Fernandes indicate that he would agree with Carrick’s assertion. After featuring in the same team as Pogba for the first time, the Portugal international insisted he was ready to link up well with all his teammates, not just the Frenchman.
“When we train in groups, I trained with Paul Pogba,” he said after United’s draw with Spurs, upon their return to Premier League action – a game in which Pogba won the penalty that Fernandes converted.
“I found a good connection with everyone though. Paul won the penalty and I kicked it.”