• Charlie Nicholas says pairing Pogba and Fernandes might not work for Man Utd
  • Man Utd signed Fernandes this January
  • He has scored three goals in nine games so far

Former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas believes Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba will not enjoy success together at Manchester United.

Man Utd signed Fernandes during the January transfer window and, in very little time, he has become a favorite among the Red Devils fans. In five Premier League matches, he has netted two goals and across competitions, the Portuguese has scored three goals in a total of nine games since his debut in February against Wolves.

Before the coronavirus outbreak halted soccer around the world, Fernandes’ arrival had boosted Man Utd’s run even when the side was without Pogba, who was out of action due to injury. However, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tipped Fernandes to thrive alongside the Frenchman, who has missed most of the season due to multiple injuries.

As Premier League prepares to resume June 17, the clubs have begun contact training. Last week, Pogba and Fernandes were spotted training together for the very first time. The duo is expected to play a key role in Man Utd’s remainder of the Premier League season. The Red Devils are currently placed fifth, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Solskjaer’s aims to immediately ensure the side automatically qualifies for next season’s Champions League, and this can happen if they finish in top four in the Premier League this campaign.

Man Utd are on an 11-match undefeated run and ahead of their game against Tottenham, everyone is expecting Solskajer’s side to continue to perform well. However, the 58-year-old former soccer player, Nicholas does not see that happening.

“With Manchester United, everyone is expecting them to kick on, I don’t actually see that. I don’t know how everyone is pairing Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to say it is going to be perfect at the start, I don’t think it will be,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has made an instant impact
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has made an instant impact AFP / Paul ELLIS

The Scottish forward, who also had a memorable stint with Celtic, further added the top four currently have a potential danger from Wolves, who are placed sixth, just two points behind Man Utd.

“I think the big danger for the top-four is potentially Wolves. I really do think that Wolves have got themselves into a position, they love playing teams away, they tend to get big results.

After the massive amount of games they have played so far this season, they have had a rest and will be fresh, fit and ready to go, with very little danger for them. "I think they are the big danger to make the top four," Nicholas explained.