Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes is proving now that the club can sell Paul Pogba during the summer transfer window and know they have a replacement ready. That’s the opinion of United legend Paul Scholes.
Fernandes scored his second goal of the week for United on Thursday night.
The Portuguese midfielder found the net in the first-half of United’s 5-0 destruction of Club Brugge at Old Trafford.
Having hit the post within three minutes, Fernandes was keen to get his name on the scoresheet and did just that when he rolled the ball past Simon Mignolet on 27 minutes.
His goal started United’s rout of their Belgian visitors, and saw United cruise into the Round of 16.
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Fernandes has certainly impressed since his £46.6million switch from Sporting CP in January.
And his integration into the first-team squad has raised questions over Pogba’s long-term future at Old Trafford.
The French midfielder is expected to leave in the summer, and Scholes believes the way Fernandes has gelled with the team means they no longer necessarily need to keep Pogba in the summer window.
He went on to explain that he has doubts over whether Pogba would make it back into the team when he returns from injury.
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“I think the fact that the last couple of weeks nobody has mentioned Pogba coming back into the team speaks volumes about what Fernandes has brought to the team,” Scholes explained on BT Sport.
“He’s probably brought what you expected from Pogba over the last couple of years, which hasn’t quite materialised.
“I think the balance of the team looks really good.
“He’s playing Matic and Fred, I know it was McTominay tonight, but those two sitting there allowing Fernandes the freedom has really worked for them. I don’t think you go away from that when it’s working.
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“With the Pogba situation, we know what a top player he is, it doesn’t look like he’ll be here next year – we don’t know that, but we think from what we’re hearing.
“I just think carry on as you were, it’s looking good enough at the minute.
“With Pogba, the way he’s played, would he get into this team at the minute? It would be tough for him.
“With the way the team’s playing, how can you change that? They’ve looked as good as they’ve looked in the last three or four years to me.”
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