Nani has questioned whether Paul Pogba has his ‘full concentration’ on Manchester United and says the impact of Bruno Fernandes made at the club will not have been easy for the Frenchman.
There were even signs a good partnership could be brewing as Fernandes and Pogba shone together in midfield with the club sitting top of the table earlier this season, before his injury.
However, former United player Nani claims another player coming in and stealing the limelight midway through last campaign will have been tough for Pogba’s ego.
‘There are different [types of] players on the field – you have Bruno Fernandes, a smarter attacking player, and Pogba who can do a little bit of both [attacking and defending],’ Nani told Stats Perform News.
‘Pogba can handle the game a bit for Bruno to go a little bit up [the pitch]. They have to try to have the connection.
‘It’s not easy, when you are the player for the club, the midfield star, and another player arrives in the team and starts performing so well and then everyone starts talking just about the player and, “He made the team change, he made everything”.
‘All of that could have a little bit of an impact in every head on the team but what I’ve seen in the last games is the players adjust to that.
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‘They have confirmed a little bit what Bruno can give to the side and Bruno is part of the team so now they look like a much stronger outfit.
‘So I’m very confident about the next games until the end of the season. ‘I think there will be suspense until the end of the season because they are still in the Europa League. Let’s see.’
‘At this moment, I see him as one of the important players at Man United but I don’t know what he has on his mind, if he wants to leave or if all this news is making some problems in his head,’ Nani added.
‘I don’t know if he has his full concentration on the team, on the games, on the goals of the team. ‘I saw him when he was struggling with some injuries and then he came back and started playing, he was improving his performance. He was doing well.
‘He was helping the team, but we know Pogba can do much better, he can do much more because he is a top player in this position. He’s not using all his strength, all his qualities.
‘But if he wants to stay at the club, for sure he will perform much better very soon. ‘He needs to continue to improve his game, his confidence and try to help the team in the way he can.’