Pogba and Fernandes would only make Manchester United bench under Ferguson, claims Djemba-Djemba

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba would have only made the bench at Manchester United in Sir Alex Ferguson’s heyday, says Eric Djemba-Djemba, but plenty is expected of the midfield talent in the present.

The January arrival of the Portugal international at Old Trafford is considered to have been a turning point in the Red Devils’ 2019-20 campaign. Fernandes has slotted seamlessly into the fold, with the 25-year-old quickly becoming a talismanic figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

He now has World Cup winner Pogba alongside him to offer assistance in the creativity department, with the weight of expectation being spread a little more than it was at the turn of the year.

Djemba-Djemba is among those to have been impressed by a rejuvenated United, but thinks the modern day heroes would find it hard to win a place in star-studded sides of the past.

Asked by BettingApps.com as to whether Fernandes and Pogba would be substitutes under Ferguson, the former Red Devils midfielder said: “For sure! Fernandes and Pogba would definitely have been on the bench behind [Roy] Keane and [Paul] Scholes.

“Those two were amazing together. Roy Keane was like a coach, like a manager to the team.”

While admitting that Fernandes and Pogba have some way to go before they can claim to stand alongside the greats, Djemba-Djemba believes the latter – who has faced plenty of criticism during his second spell at Old Trafford – still has the potential to become a legend.

“I think that Paul Pogba can still get a lot better,” he added. “He still a young lad, and we can still expect better things to come from him.

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“Now you will see, with Matic and Fernandes, Pogba will become a world-class player again. He needs them to push him, to tell him that he can do these things, to turn him into an even better player."

Djemba-Djemba believes the midfield trio currently being favoured by Solskjaer should be the go-to option heading forward, with there no need for United to further bolster their ranks amid talk of Jack Grealish and Saul Niguez being targeted.

The ex-Cameroon international said: “I would just play Matic behind Pogba and Fernandes. I think that Matic is the best defensive midfielder at United at the moment. I don’t think that United need to sign any other midfielders.”