Bruno Fernandes constantly understood he was going to have Paul Pogba’s assistance in midfield at Manchester United.

After the Portuguese playmaker showed up last January, Red Devils fans were delighted about the prospect of him partnering Pogba in the middle of the park.

However the Frenchman’s ankle injury and lengthy recovery following surgery postponed them from beginning work together, as did the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This season, however, United fans are truly starting to see peeks of what the pair can do together at Old Trafford.

Their mix play has actually led to a more fluid United attack, which has actually been more potent in front of goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have actually subsequently climbed to second in the table and will leapfrog Liverpool into leading area if they get at least a draw at Burnley on Tuesday.

While quotes from Pogba’s representative Mino Raiola in late 2020 indicated the World Cup winner’s time at Old Trafford was likely limited, the gamer has revealed on the pitch he stays dedicated to the cause.

And his committment to Fernandes, specifically off the pitch, has actually assisted the 26-year-old make the effect he has on the group.

” The relationship I have with Paul is good,” Fernandes informed NBC Sport. “He speaks Italian and I speak Italian, from the start I understood him from Italy and he understands me. It was simple to deal with him.

” Straight away when I arrived, he was injured. I saw him recovering and training on the pitch away from us.

” He was calling me often when I was training and he stated: ‘I’m seeing the games, I’m seeing your motion, do not worry. When I’m fit, I will reveal you that I can find you. I see you move, you move to the right and to the left, in behind. When I come back, I will show you how I can find you a lot.’

” It shows you the confidence he offers to you, like when he comes back, he’s trying to assist you progress and you help him to progress.”

Fernandes might well be offered a much-needed breather for United’s FA Cup third-round tie this evening.

The Red Devils host Championship side Watford, and Solskjaer is expected to ring the changes in the midst of a hectic period for his players.

United lost their Carabao Cup semi-final 2-0 in your home to Manchester City on Wednesday, and their rearranged Premier League clash with Burnley follows today’s game on Tuesday.

Next weekend is perhaps their greatest game of the season too versus Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield, where a win could put them 6 points clear at the summit.