Paul Pogba has explained that he studied Bruno Fernandes’ game in order to adapt his own and play alongside him.
When Manchester United splashed the cash to finally bring Fernandes to Old Trafford in January, 2020, there were doubts in some quarters as to whether both the Portuguese and Pogba would be able to play in the same side.
United’s No.6 was injured upon Fernandes’ arrival and he watched on from the sidelines as the new signing made a great start to life in Manchester, instantly becoming one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most crucial players.
Despite the doubters, Fernandes and Pogba have gone on to develop an excellent and exciting relationship on the pitch, which has helped the Frenchman to come into his best form in a red shirt.
“When Bruno arrived, I was injured so I wasn’t playing,” Pogba told Sky Sports. “When I came back from injury I had to go in and adapt to a team that had been there and been having very good results.
“I went into a deeper midfield position and we just found the way of playing together, which was getting the ball to Bruno, being offensive and trying to get into the box. I found it quite good with Bruno, I adapted very well with him, he understands me, and I understand him.
“I watched the way he was playing when I was injured, he affected the team so much and helped the team be where we are today.”
As well as his undoubted quality, Pogba has cited Fernandes’ personalty as a big reason for his success at United.
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He continued: “I saw Bruno as a dynamic, offensive and creative midfielder with top quality; his passing is world-class, and his shooting is very good.
“Obviously, the impact he has had, his personality is very big and to be at this club you need that to play and be dominant like he did when he arrived. He speaks a lot, he speaks so much, he has to speak, that’s the first impression I had from him.
“It’s good to have people with personality, he brings something else. He brought something else into the team and club and he adapted straight away. Everyone liked him and his football suited the team, and everything went very well.”