BRUNO FERNANDES has reportedly established himself as a leader at Manchester United since training alongside Paul Pogba.
The big-money pair – who cost United £144m – are still to line-up alongside each other since the Portuguese star’s arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January for £55m.
They may get that opportunity on Friday against Tottenham as the Premier League prepares to resume, although it seems likely Pogba is set to start on the bench after his injury lay-off.
Fernandes has become a huge fan favourite at Old Trafford already, scoring three goals and providing four assists during his nine appearances.
And he has already outlined his excitement at lining-up alongside the Frenchman.
Now The Athletic say Fernandes is continuing to demonstrate his leadership qualities since he began training alongside the ex-Juventus ace.
Their report also says he has “continued to assume a de facto leadership role by vocalising high demands.”
The 25-year-old, who arrived for training earlier in his new Mini, became an instant leader at the Red Devils and almost instantly asked more from his team-mates as United strived to improve.
Pogba, who cost £89m when he moved from Juventus in 2016, is believed to have responded well and is “bouncing off a kindred football spirit”.
Meanwhile, Tottenham star Hugo Lloris believes Pogba – like Harry Kane – will be up for Friday’s clash.
Speaking about his international team-mate, the 2018 World Cup winner said: “For Paul, it’s even a longer period than Harry without playing.
“But I know Paul and as soon as he gets on the field, he just wants to win.”