The former Liverpool player has backed the decision of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, not starting the duo together against Chelsea.
Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has claimed that Manchester United midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes cannot work in tandem while praising Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for not starting the duo together in United’s last encounter against Chelsea.
Solskjaer opted to start defensively strong midfielders Fred and Scott McTominay as midfield double pivot and Bruno Fernandes in the hole. The game ended in a stalemate with both Chelsea and United sharing a point.
Carragher said, “I actually admire Solskjaer for putting Pogba on the bench.”
“Fernandes and Pogba is not a midfield together and never will be. They can’t play together.”
“Actually, you look at it now and it’s better for the team in terms of having there but Fred and McTominay as a central midfield is not good enough for Manchester United to challenge for the Premier League.
“The big problem for me is Paul Pogba and has been for a long time. I agree with Gary [Neville] that Fernandes is the man in that number 10 position.
Carragher also questioned the signing of Van de Beek, who he cites as not the best fit for the current United side.
“Van de Beek, I don’t understand the signing. I really don’t get how he was ever going to play or where he was going to fit in.
“As soon as he signed, my thought was he plays number 10, Fernandes plays there. Pogba can play there.”
The Dutch midfielder has so far had a difficult start to his spell at Old Trafford, not starting in any of the matches except the EFL Cup fixtures.