As speculations grows over midfielder Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford, his teammate Bruno Fernandes has leapt to his defence.
The Manchester United star has faced criticism over his insipid form after scoring just one Premier League goal in 13 appearances this season.
Pobga’s agent Mino Raiola told Tuttosport last month that his time at the club has come to an end.
The World Cup-winning midfielder has reportedly grown frustrated with constant criticism at Old Trafford and is interested in moving away from the club.
But Fernandes said that it was hard for Pogba to start on the right foot after he contracted COVID-19 just before the start of the season.
Speaking to NBC Sport, Fernandes opened up on his camaraderie with Pogba last season. “The relationship I have with Paul is good. He speaks Italian and I speak Italian, from the beginning I knew him from Italy and he knows me.
“It was easy to work with. Straight away when I arrived, he was injured. I saw him recovering and training on the pitch away from us.
“He was calling me sometimes when I was training and he said: ‘I’m seeing the games, I’m seeing your movement, don’t worry. When I’m fit, I will show 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 gives to you, like when he comes back, he’s trying to help you become better and you help him to become better,
“We ended the season really well playing together. But, of course, the beginning of the season was hard for Paul because he had COVID. We know it’s not a joke, it’s hard to come back after 15 days isolated doing nothing.
“It was really difficult for Paul to find his form but I think he’s much better and feeling much more confident.”
“The goal against West Ham gave him much more confidence to understand. The team needs him and he has the quality to help us.”