Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes believes Paul Pogba can be the club’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi if he can find his form on his return from injury. The Frenchman has only played eight times for the Red Devils this season.
Fernandes has impressed since joining United from Sporting Lisbon in January with many fans excited by the prospect of a partnership with Pogba.
And the 25-year-old has challenged the former Juventus man to stand up and be as influential as Cristiano Ronaldo for United.
When asked how excited he is to play with Paul, Bruno told the club’s website: “A lot. A lot. I think we have a lot of good players in the midfield.
“Obviously Paul is injured from a long time [ago], and all we know is he has a lot of qualities.
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“We can say in football that people normally forget what you do good when you have a mistake. You can do good for 34 games, and one game you do bad and everyone will remember that.
“Paul is coming from a bad moment, because of the situation. When he played also, the club and the team was not good, because the expectations are high for Paul, because Paul is a top player and Manchester United pay a lot for him, and expectations are a lot for him.
“It’s normal when you are in that situation you don’t play like a superstar, because everyone expects from Paul like they expect from [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Juventus or [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona. Everyone expects this from Paul in Manchester, because they know he has the qualities for this. Also this is confidence in Paul. The team, we have a lot of confidence in Paul.”
Fernandes also opened up on his previous experience of Pogba and lining up against him in Serie A.
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“I know Paul from Juve, because I played against him in Italy. And believe me, it’s really hard to play against Paul,” Bruno adds.
“Because I play in midfield, I mark him. We play in the same line, so it’s really difficult to play against Paul, because he has power, he has technique.
“It’s difficult to find a player like Paul: big, strong and technical. It’s difficult to find a player like this, and he has a lot of qualities. I hope he comes [back] soon.”
Fernandes was impressed with Pogba when he returned to training before coronavirus suspended all football indefinitely.
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“He started training with us in the week before we stopped, so I think when he comes back he will start to play, and be in the team.
“More than expectations, I’m confident what Paul can give to us, to the team. I think he has a lot to give, he has a lot of quality, and I think with the positive energy in the club – because we won a lot of games and we are in a good moment – everyone, the supporters and everything, will be more patient with Paul maybe.
“I feel sometimes when the things go wrong, the patience is less, you know? It’s normal, because the fans want to win. Football is about winning; it’s not about playing.
“But the confidence now in the team is bigger. So I think Paul, when he comes back, he will feel this and will give more for the next months and the next games.”
There has been much speculation on the future of Pogba with a return to Juventus or a switch to Real Madrid rumoured.
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