Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly told Paul Pogba that he wants him to develop a partnership with Bruno Fernandes in the midfield. Following the arrival of the latter from Sporting Lisbon in January, the pair has yet to line up side by side. But although the future of Pogba is in doubt, its boss has high hopes for him.

By injury, Pogba missed much of Manchester United’s season, with the 2018 World Cup winner making just eight appearances in all competitions.

The last of those came back with a magnificent attacking effort on Boxing Day when the Red Devils defeated Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Pogba, who hasn’t played as of December due to an ankle injury, is likely to be the subject of interest again during this summer’s transfer window.

Real Madrid is said to be lining up a bid of £70 m for France international, while Juventus, Inter Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain have all recently been credited with an interest.

Pogba has so far been unable to play alongside Fernandes, since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January, who has made a spectacular impact at United.

Fernandes has been involved in six goals from eight matches since signing, improving the chances of Red Devils finishing in qualification slots in the Champions League down the track. And the Mirror report Solskjaer told Pogba that he wants him to build a good international partnership with Portugal in the middle of the park

The coronavirus outbreak means the big-money moves this summer are unlikely, however, implying that the Red Devils might hang on to the 2018 World Cup champion, at least for the 2020-21 campaign.

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