Pogba and Fernandes will improve together at Man Utd, Maguire says


20 April 2020, 17:40 IST changed

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes

Harry Maguire hoped that Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes would improve when World Cup winners return to Manchester United.

After a prolonged transfer story, Fernandes reached an agreement of £ 67.6million (m80 million) from Sporting CP in January to Old Trafford.

The Portugal international impressed United immediately, scoring three goals and assisting four more in nine games in all competitions.

Maguire believes that Fernandes has provided something new for the Red Devils in midfield, and thinks he and Pogba, who have played only eight times this season due to foot and ankle injuries, will continue to improve through the competition.

Asked about Fernandes, Maguire told Sky Sports: “He has been great since he came in. He was great on the field around the training ground.

“He is a leader who wants to win. Whatever he does, he wants to win. You can say that brought him that attitude.

“He gave us that little bit of life, a little more creativity in the middle that United fans have said we’ve missed for years.

“It’s a start. I’m sure there are many aspects of his game that I’m sure he’ll improve on, and I’m sure he will. I’m sure he’ll get better for this club.”

“We’ve got Paul back, too, who will probably extend his game even more. We’ve got good competition in midfield right now – they know they have to go play to retain their place. I’m sure we’ll see the benefits.”

Before the season was postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic in March, United hit a rich vein in form, were unbeaten on 5 and were only conceded in both of these two games.

According to Maguire, defending the set-piece and improving the continuity of the election backwards were the key factors.

“It was a great run of form for the clean sheet,” Maguire said. “Sometimes, you get better defense in games where you concede two or two goals but you manage to keep a clean sheet, maybe David [de Gea] The two pick up a great save and then everyone appreciates the defense.

“At this point we have spread a thing defending set plays. If you look back at our record before this run of clean sheet, we were present as the worst of the league there for defensive set plays.

“If you can’t set plays and defends [you are] Not scoring at the other end from them, do not go for a chance where you want to go.

“We just gelled together even more. It’s a new Four-Four, obviously a look [Shaw] Really playing really late. Aaron [Wan-Bissaka], Me and Vic [Victor Lindelof], Eric [Bailly] Coming back and pushing for their place, which makes everyone their game because when he arrives, he does well.

“We’ve been able to learn each other’s games really well