Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested he will try to find a way to play both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the starting line-up. Pogba hasn’t played since Boxing Day having aggravated an ankle injury he picked up earlier in the season.
The France international underwent surgery to rectify the issue last month and it appears the midfielder is closing in on a return.
His creativity has been a big miss for the Red Devils this campaign as he hasn’t started a league games since September.
That responsibility had fallen on the shoulders of the likes of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira but they have struggled to step up and provide the link from midfield to attack.
That has changed in recent weeks though following the acquisition of Fernandes in the January transfer window.
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The 25-year-old has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, transforming United’s fortunes since his arrival.
He has already taken over penalty duties, scoring twice from the spot, along with a fine long-range effort in last week’s draw against Everton.
That already puts him ahead of the likes of Lingard, Mata, Fred and Pereira for goals scored this season despite having played just seven games.
His form has helped put United within three points of a top-four place and they’re set for even good news soon with Pogba returning to first-team training next week.
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Solskjaer was vague on when Pogba could make his return to action.
But that hasn’t stopped the United boss from looking towards a possible partnership including Pogba and Fernandes on the field.
“Of course, you look at our squad and you want the best players playing together,” he told NBC Sport.
“You have a hope that we get to the stage where we really challenge for the league.
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“We want to consistently keep winning games like Manchester United teams do by playing convincing, attacking, free-flowing football with flair.”
United progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a convincing 3-0 win over Derby on Thursday night where Odion Ighalo scored twice.
They were drawn to face Norwich, with the match scheduled to take place in two weeks’ time.
But their immediate focus turns to a derby match against Manchester City who are still riding high after winning the EFL Cup last weekend.
United though won the reverse fixture at the Etihad earlier in the season and will be hoping to complete the league double of their rivals for the first time since 2016.
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