Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha believes Paul Pogba needs more players like Bruno Fernandes around him.
According to Saha, Pogba’s best ability can really emerge in a team that is full of confidence, a characteristic that Man United have not had in recent times.
“You always have to analyse what type of players you have around. A team that is full of confidence and playing for the Champions League, it’s a different game,” Saha said via Goal.
“With Paul in the last few seasons he has had a team that is struggling confidence-wise, tactically. Trying to play like this, everyone is on your back asking you to score and do everything.
The former France international further believes that United have moved towards the required system but there’s still a little more details to apply.
“Hopefully he has been helped by the introduction of Bruno [Fernandes]. This is where we will see that Paul Pogba can defend, go deep and help the team, and then bomb forward. This is what [Scott] McTominay and Fred allows.
“We need to find the players to let a magic player like him express himself. Manchester United are trying to find the balance.
“I think we have seen some big improvements. I still think that if Pogba and Bruno and the forwards that they pick start to really click, then you will see that they can do unbelievable things. The thing is consistency and I’m not sure they have found it.
The former Fulham and Everton concluded to explain why Pogba delivers ace performances in the blue shirt of France.
“It’s the same point, it depends on the players you have around you.
“When you have a [N’Golo] Kante that is going to defend, not lose one ball and give you the space to be free, then he can run forward. Kante will cover and he has more ability, for some reason, to drive the ball with France.
“The French team are in full confidence and this gives you time to do whatever you want and express yourself. In previous years, United didn’t have that – they were under pressure all the time.
“Now, there are players that are able to take the ball under pressure and this is giving time to [Anthony] Martial to do good runs.
“It’s different for Pogba in a team full of confidence rather than Pogba without those players around him,” said the two-time Premier League holder and Champions League winner.
Meanwhile, Man United have a chance to maintain top position in midweek against Fulham in London.