Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes told to make sacrifices ahead of Man Utd link-up

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes a partnership between Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could be a big success – if each player is willing to make a few sacrifices.

Fernandes has impressed for the Red Devils since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in January, but is yet to play alongside Pogba, who was injured before football was suspended in March.

The Frenchman is said to be fully fit again, and next Friday's game against Tottenham could see the two players appear together in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting line-up for the first time.

Speaking to the United Podcast , Fletcher said the prospect of the two players forming a partnership is an intriguing one, but warned they each may have to adapt to the other.

When asked if he thinks the duo will be able to work together in the centre of the pitch, Fletcher replied: "Without doubt, of course. Great players can come together.

"Somebody might have to sacrifice a little bit of something – that's part of being in a team, it's not an individual sport. When you play with a certain midfield, whether it's a midfield three, you adapt your game to complement each other.

"That's what I had to do at United. I was in the team with lots of different midfielders, lots of combinations and, if a certain midfielder was playing, I would try to take up positions to allow him to benefit and he would do things to allow me to benefit.

"It's all about being compatible and recognising the strengths of your fellow team-mates and how to get your best performance, but, ultimately, you might be sacrificing what you do best to allow someone else to excel, which helps the team win."

On Fernandes, Fletcher added: "I think he's been fantastic. Listen, his ability has been there for everyone to see. For me, it's been his personality and his attitude.

"He tries things, he tries difficult passes but, when he gives it away, it's his reaction after he does it. It's fantastic, his hunger to try and get the ball back. He doesn't throw his arms up in the air or sulk and moan.

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"He's bossing people on the pitch, he's taking responsibility. He's looked like the epitome of a Manchester United player. He wants to be there, he wants the ball, he demands the ball.

"He's seen Old Trafford as his theatre and he's relishing it. He's sort of been a breath of fresh air with personality more than anything, which is what you need to play for Manchester United. Ability is not enough. You need personality to play for Manchester United – and he epitomises it."

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