Man Utd fired warning over Pogba-Fernandes axis reaping top four reward

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Charlie Nicholas has dampened Man Utd expectations over Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes firing the club to Champions League qualification once football resumes.

The Red Devils will get the resumption of their Premier League season underway with a tough trip to Tottenham on Friday, June 19.

Utd were arguably the form club in the top flight prior to football’s hiatus, going unbeaten in their last 11 matches across all competitions.

That run of form propelled them up to fifth place, just three points behind Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea side.

The January addition of Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes breathed new life into the club’s attacking play, and many fans are hopeful of a mouthwatering partnership with Paul Pogba materialising in the middle of the park.

The French World Cup winner last appeared in a Utd shirt on Boxing Day, but after overcoming an injury-riddled period, is expected to play a huge part in Utd’s conclusion to the season.

One pundit who has tempered expectations, however, is Charlie Nicholas.

The Sky Sports stalwart is wary of how well Pogba and Fernandes will gel together, and has tipped the surprise package of Wolves to secure the coveted fourth spot.

“With Manchester United, everyone is expecting them to kick on, I don’t actually see that,” Nicholas told Sky Sports (via The Metro).


“I don’t know how everyone is pairing Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to say it is going to be perfect at the start, I don’t think it will be.

“I think the big danger for the top-four is potentially Wolves.

“I really do think that Wolves have got themselves into a position, they love playing teams away, they tend to get big results and after the massive amount of games they have played so far this season, they have had a rest and will be fresh and fit and ready to go and with very little danger on them.

“I think they are the big danger to make the top four.”

Meanwhile, Man Utd and Chelsea have been given hope in the race to sign Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa, but both clubs must first overcome one major hurdle.