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Man United players Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes arrive for training

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Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes arrived at the Manchester United training ground at similar times ahead of training together.

The United players were given time-slots to report on their return to the club’s Carrington complex on Wednesday as training resumed ahead of the possible Premier League restart next month.

United have organised group training sessions for their squad and the MEN understands Pogba and Fernandes reported on Thursday around the same time.

Pogba has not played for United since Boxing Day due to an ankle injury and Fernandes arrived from Sporting Lisbon in a £68million deal in the January transfer window. Fernandes has had a totemic impact at United and there is mounting anticipation among fans for him and Pogba to start together.

“Good players can always play together,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “So definitely, it’s a big yes [that Pogba and Fernandes can play together].

“But I’ve also got Scott [McTominay], Fred, Nemanja [Matic]. You’ve got three players there as well, and you can’t just play with midfielders either.

Pogba has not played for United since Boxing Day
Pogba has not played for United since Boxing Day

“But there are many games coming up and I’m sure we can find a good connection between them, and we’ve been discussing that as a coaching team and are looking forward to it.”

None of the United players or staff tested positive for COVID-19 following tests that were conducted at drive-thru facilities at Carrington.

Premier League players are forbidden from contact training and must maintain social distancing on club premises. United club doctor Steve McNally was at Carrington on Monday ahead of the players’ return.

United assistant manager Mike Phelan returned to Carrington on Wednesday and tweeted: “Back to work. Tiny steps.. still very important to follow medical advice and play our part in helping the nation back on to its feet. The more we can all do the quicker we can hopefully get OT rocking again… 2m apart… wash your hands… let’s beat this thing #StaySafe.”

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