Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is so desperate for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to strike up a good working relationship that the United boss insisted the pair return in the same training group.
Both players have been side by side during training sessions since returning to Carrington, under specific orders from Solskjaer in a bid for them to build up a rapport.
It seems to have worked, with Pogba already said to be thriving from having Fernandes alongside him.
While Pogba is still the main man at United, Fernandes has not waivered from the leader-type role he took up immediately upon arrival.
And according to The Athletic, Pogba is thoroughly enjoying playing with someone who shares his same work ethic and passion for the game.
In particular, Fernandes’ demand for high standards is said to have impressed Pogba, who has often cut a frustrated figure at the under-performing United in recent seasons.
One issue for Solskjaer though is how he can fit both players into his side.
He has no doubts that the two can play together, but is aware he may have to make adjustments to Fernandes’ role.
So far the Portuguese star has been allowed full freedom in United’s side, with the two holding midfielders giving him licence to roam without concerns over what’s going on behind him.
With Pogba in the side that would be certain to change, largely because the Frenchman also likes breaking forward and joining the attack.
Pogba did start the season as one of the two deep-lying midfielders, and that could well be how United line up in their first game back against Tottenham on Friday.
However The Athletic’s report suggests Fernandes could even be pushed into a wider role to accommodate his teammate.
Coaches at United are said to believe Fernandes can have a big impact cutting in from the left wing.
That would enable Pogba to take up the more advanced central midfield role, and crucially would give both players ample opportunity to combine in the final third.
Both players are big on possession, and without Pogba in the side, Fernandes has been at the centre of all United’s attacking play.
Pogba’s return will likely mean Fernandes gets less time on the ball, but Solskjaer is said to be enthused by the prospect of both players in his starting XI, and is confident and determined it will work.
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