Ex-Man Utd star lauds Fernandes-Pogba axis but blasts transfer record


Former Man Utd winger Lee Sharpe spoke with jubilation about a possible Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba partnership that would cause the league all sorts of problems, but was less complimentary about the club’s overarching transfer business.

Portuguese Fernandes arrived late into the January transfer window for an initial £47m fee (potentially rising to £67.6m), allaying Utd fans’ fears that their window would pass by with a whimper.

Odion Ighalo also arrived late into the night on deadline day to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forward line in the injury-enforced absence of star frontman Marcus Rashford.

With a superb goals and assist ratio from his time with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, the possibility of a dynamic duo between the 25-year-old and a fit and firing Paul Pogba is a mouth-watering prospect.

Whether the Frenchman remains at Man Utd long enough to establish a seemingly formidable attacking relationship with Fernandes remains to be seen, however, as rumours continue to abound regarding a summer exit.

Utd legend Paul Scholes recently launched a scathing attack on the former Juventus man, but Sharpe was rather more positive when envisioning the damage he and Fernandes could do in tandem.

“I think they [Fernandes-Pogba] would have a good partnership,” Sharpe told Sky Sports News.

“You would have to play them with someone who could do the defensive work. Fernandes is a natural forward-thinking midfielder.

“Going forward, I think they can cause all sorts of problems between them. It could be just what United need. It’s been really disappointing with no Pogba this season, I think they’ve really missed him.

“He’s got charisma on the pitch and the creativity he brings to the game – there’s a level of arrogance and ability that brings everyone up to Paul Pogba’s level.”

The Red Devils’ transfer policy in the post-Ferguson era has received almost universal criticism, and Sharpe was the latest to stick the boot in.

“They’re still on the borderline of attracting top players, but it goes to show just how unorganised the club is at the moment,” added the former England international.

“At the start of the season, they let [Romelu] Lukaku and [Alexis] Sanchez go who are not bad players at all.

“They don’t replace them then in the January transfer window and miss out on [Erling Braut] Haaland and then bring in Ighalo.

“This is what upsets fans. You’re letting players go at a certain level and then bringing players in that are not at that level.”

Meanwhile, former Man Utd winger and full-back Antonio Valencia has delivered a message to Ighalo after taking on the Ecuadorian’s old squad number.