Jamie Carragher adamant Manchester United cannot function with both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the same team, insisting ‘it’s not a midfield that can play together and never will be’
- Paul Pogba was left on the bench for Manchester United’s draw against Chelsea
- Bruno Fernandes started the game in a midfield with Fred and Scott McTominay
- Donny van de Beek was also on the bench and has only played 61 minutes so far
- Jamie Carragher reckons that United can’t play Pogba and Fernandes together
The Frenchman was on the bench for Manchester United at the weekend, as the Red Devils were held to a goalless draw with a midfield of Fernandes, Fred and Scott McTominay.
With new signing Donny van de Beek on the bench as well as the more defensive Nemanja Matic, it meant United had a £170m worth of midfielders left sat on the bench at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba was left on the bench against Chelsea while Bruno Fernandes started the game
Jamie Carragher said that he believed Pogba and Fernandes cannot play together for United
Carragher said on Monday Night Football that Pogba and Fernandes can’t play together and that he ‘doesn’t understand’ the signing of Donny van de Beek.
He said: I actually admire (Ole Gunnar) Solskjaer for putting Pogba on the bench.
‘I said a few weeks ago after the Crystal Palace game, Fernandes and Pogba is not a midfield that can play together and never will be.
Donny van de Beek has only played 61 minutes of action since joining the club from Ajax
‘Van de Beek, I don’t understand the signing, I really don’t get it, how he was ever going to play or where he’s going to fit in.
‘As soon as he signed I thought he plays number ten, Fernandes plays there, Pogba can play there.
‘It’s actually better for the team having Fred and McTominay in there. But having Fred and McTominay is not good enough for Manchester United to win the league either.
‘The problem for me is Paul Pogba, I’ve said it for a long time. I’m with Gary, Fernandes is the man for that number ten position but I don’t know how Ole can not pick a £90m signing in Pogba, it’s difficult for a manager, so at some stage he will get back into the team.’
Fred and Scott McTominay were chosen ahead of Pogba and van de Beek for the Chelsea draw
Co-pundit Gary Neville added that Fernandes has not played as well when in a midfield with Pogba or van de Beek.
He added: ‘Bruno when he’s with Fred and McTominay, when they play together they haven’t lost a game. I think Ole’s looked at it this week and said let’s get back to basics, I know these three can play together.
‘We were a mess pre-international break giving up chances left, right and centre. Beaten 6-1 at home by Tottenham, lost to Crystal Palace who looked comfortable, Brighton away we were fortunate. He’s thought we need to get a foundation and he’s done that with those three players in midfield.’