Man Utd coach Michael Carrick explains ‘unfair’ Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba talk

Manchester United coach Michael Carrick believes it is unfair to question if Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba can play together in the same team.

The pair started together for the first time in the 3-0 victory over Sheffield United in midweek.

Speculation has been rife over Poghba’s future and he was expected to be moved on when Fernandes joined for £47million in January.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now wants to keep both stars as he looks to return the club to their former heights.

Carrick feel’s United’s midfield is blessed with talent and he wants the likes of Nemaja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred included in the discussions.

“It is understandable why a lot of the questions are ‘can they play together’ because they are two fantastic talents,” United coach Carrick told ESPN about Fernandes and Pogba.

“We feel we’ve got a really good balance in midfield between all the lads really.

“It is kind of unfair to single them out asking ‘can they play together’ because the other boys have done a terrific job and will have plenty to say as well.

“Of course, the talk is about Bruno and Paul and I’m sure they can play together. That’s why they are both here at the club and I’m sure they are looking forward to it.

“But as Bruno and Paul would totally understand me saying, it is not just about them.

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“We’ve got so many other options with lads who have already proven what they bring to the team. It is exciting to have that.

“They all bring something different and all have their own strengths.”

Real Madrid and Juventus have been linked with a move for Pogba but Solskjaer insists he wants to keep hold of the Frenchman.

“Paul knows he’s a special talent and he doesn’t want to in five or ten years time look back and think I didn’t make the most of it,” said the United boss.

“He is already a World Cup winner, he has won things with Juventus and us so I’m not surprised by his enthusiasm and dedication to us.

“We are looking to keep Paul here and we are looking to keep the best players here anyway.”

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