Bruno Fernandes presence hurt Paul Pogba, believes Manchester United hero

Bruno Fernandes presence hurt Paul Pogba, believes Manchester United hero


Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are performing well together for Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes’ fine form over the last year hurt the ego of Paul Pogba, but the Frenchman is finally responding well to the competition at Manchester United, says Paul Parker.

The Red Devils are in fine form at the moment and sit top of the Premier League table after a 2-1 victory over Fulham on Wednesday night.

Pogba scored the second of those goals as he continues a string of excellent personal performances in recent weeks.

Fernandes has continued to regularly contribute with goals and assists, as he has done since his arrival from Sporting a year ago, and Parker beleives the Frenchman has finally met the challenge laid down by the Portuguese.

The former Red Devils and England full-back believes the brilliance of Fernandes stepped on the toes of Pogba, but he is finally over that problem and the results are positive for United.

‘In 2020 he [Pogba] was been playing in the shadow of Fernandes and that will have dented his ego too,’ Parker told Eurosport.

Pogba scored a fine goal against Fulham at Craven Cottage (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Pogba was signed for a big fee; his marketability and profile – as well as his playing ability – suited Manchester United. But the best profile you can ever have is to be an excellent footballer, and while Fernandes came in with a much lower profile, his status has outgrown Pogba’s and for the right reasons: he’s at the top of the tree for being brilliant.

‘You can’t beat competition. In any industry, if competition comes along and you just sulk about it, then you’re not going to survive. You have to improve to get respect. Paul Ince was in a constant battle with Roy Keane to show who was the best central midfield player and in that 1993/94 season we won an FA Cup and Premier League title. Nothing beats competition.

‘Fernandes quickly became the key man when he arrived and it became Manchester United and Fernandes, not Pogba. It was Pogba before for the wrong reasons, now it’s Fernandes for goals and assists. United need that from Pogba now to challenge for the title, for him to not drop below a 7/10 in any game,’

Manchester United are now undoubtedly serious and genuine Premier League title challengers, as they sit two points clear after playing 19 games.

Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley on Thursday reinforced the Red Devils’ credentials, with the champions now six points off the pace.


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