Man Utd: Neville pops champagne as Red Devils go joint-top
Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has predicted there is more to come from Paul Pogba after his impressive display against Aston Villa. Pogba reverted to a more advanced role on the left flank of a 4-2-3-1 formation as he started his second straight game.
He set off the move which ended in Anthony Martial’s opening goal before winning the penalty which Fernandes dispatched for the winner.
There have been question marks over Pogba and Fernandes’ ability to fit into the same team but they had few problems against a resolute Aston Villa side.
And, after the game, Portuguese star Fernandes hailed the Frenchman, predicting his confidence will only continue to grow.
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“I think today Paul was top, the first goal he makes a good skill. We all know the qualities he has, it’s not in doubt,” Fernandes told MUTV.
“We know he can play, he can help us, he can play really well and today he did it.
“He was involved in both goals, with the penalty he covered the ball and went away from the players.
“He will give more and more with the confidence coming in every game.”
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The result moved United level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table.
Eric Bailly was the centre of jubilant celebrations at full-time after an invaluable late block to deny Keinan Davis.
Fernandes hailed what the Red Devils are building after picking up where they left off in their first game of 2021
Fernandes said: “We are building something important, most important for us is building a team and a group of players who take care of each other.
“Today it was Eric, before it was David with the save. The group has to be together.
“In the stands in the last two or three minutes everyone was shouting for us. Everyone wants the three points and that win.
“It was tough, we have to learn from here and from the Leicester game, we have to do better, we had situations to close the game, we have to do that.”
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also praised Pogba after the game.
“Paul shows his strength and skill,” he said.
“Now Paul is getting fitter and stronger you get performances like tonight. I think he maybe took 25 minutes to get going but when he got going he made a difference for us. And he should have passed it back to Marcus [Rashford] in the last seconds instead of trying to cross!
“We’re happy with his contribution. I think it’s important we get Paul on the ball, whether it’s low on the pitch or higher between the lines, I think it made a difference.
“I know he started off wide defending but we wanted him to make runs in behind them, get on the ball. His physical presence is important for us.
“We knew they are one of the strongest physical sides in the league and we needed players who match them. He wins headers for us and tonight I was delighted with his performance.”
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