Manchester United may not be at their strongest if they partner Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the heart of midfield, according to Sky Sports experts Jeff Stelling.
Pogba has only made eight appearances for the Red Devils this campaign but he is fully over his injury issues and ready to finish the season strongly.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested he could play the £89million star alongside Fernandes, who joined from Sporting Lisbon in January.
United went on an 11-match unbeaten run before the coronavirus outbreak forced the Premier League to halt all matches.
Play is due to resume next week but Stelling has warned not to expect too much from Pogba because he has not played his best football in years.
“I wouldn’t say I am looking forward to seeing Pogba come back and playing alongside Fernandes,” Stelling, speaking on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, told Express Sport.
“He has been terrific but he has got to do it over a whole season, let’s not get carried away it has been a handful of games so far.
“If you ask me will he do it over a whole season, I am pretty convinced that he will.”
Pogba has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid and Juventus, 12 months after he tried to force through a switch to the Bernabeu.
If the 27-year-old moves it could free up the funds for a summer spending spree.
But Stelling thinks Solskjaer’s side are still some way off challenging Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table.
“The break might have done Paul Pogba good, he wasn’t performing but might when we come back,” Stelling added.
“I think United are getting closer that’s for sure but if you look at them compared to Liverpool they are still a long way off.”
Published at Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:22:00 +0000