Manchester United hero Robin van Persie claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job has been made easier by the partnership Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes have built in midfield. Fernandes joined United from Sporting Lisbon in January for an initial £46.6million. The Portugal star made a stunning start to his Red Devils career but did not play alongside Pogba until June due to the long-term ankle injury the Frenchman had.
Fernandes is yet to lose a Premier League game and played a big part in helping Solskjaer’s side finish third in the table and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
And Van Persie believes the 25-year-old has helped get the best out of Pogba.
“Since the moment he arrived, he just makes everyone tick,” Van Persie said on BT Sport.
“Like I mentioned before with Pogba, Pogba recognises a great player and Pogba is a world-class player and world-class players want to play with world-class players. He is one of them.”
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Van Persie says Fernandes’ passing ability means United now have two midfielders who can provide the forwards with inch-perfect passing.
“He is the missing link in feeding the forward players,” the Dutchman added.
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“The forward players were missing that type of player.
“They had it with Pogba but Pogba was alone in that way.
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“And now it is easier because now they have two players who have that final ball, so you can see that the front three players are really livening up and really enjoying two players behind them of world class, who can actually feed it into their feet, in behind.
“I think that the forward players are really happy with these two guys behind them.
“Before as well it was a bit rushed, in midfield it was rushed, it wasn’t silky, it wasn’t smooth.
“Now, since [Fernandes] arrived, sometimes when there’s no pressure they just tick.
“They just wait until the pressure comes. When the pressure comes that means there is space in behind.
“So these guys know when to tick and when to wait and when to attack.
“That’s why I mentioned Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, they know exactly what kind of pass is needed at any certain time. That shows that these guys are world class.”
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