Former defender Patrice Evra has insisted that Paul Pogba needed a “big player” like Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United to ease the burden on his shoulders.

Evra’s comments had come before the kick-off of Man Utd’s Premier League match against Brighton. Proving him correct, the game saw Pogba and Fernandes play in sync as Man Utd defeated Brighton 3-0 and clinched three crucial points in the 2019-20 Premier League. Out of the three goals, two were scored by Fernandes after the 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood opened the scoring.

Pogba looks in great shape and form since the Premier League resumed last month after a three-month coronavirus break. Before that, Pogba was out of action for nearly six months due to an injury he had suffered during Man Utd’s Boxing Day fixture against Newcastle United.

Pogba and Fernandes were impressive when they started Man Utd’s match against Sheffield last week, where the Red Devils ended up winning 3-0, courtesy of a hat-trick from Anthony Martial. The duo once again started against Brighton and Man Utd have never looked this strong in a while, as expected by their boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had been tipping to watch the duo click immediately on the field.

Spot on: Bruno Fernandes scored Manchester United's equaliser
Spot on: Bruno Fernandes scored Manchester United's equaliser POOL / Glyn KIRK

Evra, who was one of the panelists for the Man Utd-Brighton game, said that Pogba had returned to action with a revived attitude because with the arrival of Fernandes, he can now play more freely.

“I think Paul was waiting for a big player to come in. We were putting too much pressure on Paul, and to be fair, you can see Paul is smiling because Fernandes will also have responsibility. I think Paul will play much better with Fernandes now,” added Evra, who played for Man Utd during his playing career for eight years between 2006 and 2014, as per Manchester Evening News.

Man Utd currently are placed fifth in the Premier League and are two points away from fourth-placed Chelsea. Solskjaer’s aim in the remainder of the season is to finish in the top four to ensure they play the Champions League next season.