Man Utd can dream big as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba strike gold in Brighton thrashing

Posted Wednesday, July 01, 2020 by

Manchester United beat Brighton 3-0 in the Premier League with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes impressing.

The ego has landed. Now all Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got to do is keep Paul Pogba's feet on the floor. Because all the time he continues to work in such perfect tandem with the headline-grabbing Bruno Fernandes, there should be no end to Manchester United's aspirations.

A stunning double from the Portuguese was more than enough class to see off a Brighton side who turned up to their own party late and only really came into the game when Fernandes and Pogba were rested, job done, in the 63rd minute.

It is now five goals and three assists in eight Premier League matches from the man signed in January so it is no surprise Fernandes should receive the majority of the plaudits.

But there is also little doubt that he is at his best when he has Pogba as his batman. Or should that be Robin?

Because the petulant France international widely criticised as needing to be the headline attraction and the big star is suddenly proving to be quite the team player.

Initially there were concerns that there was not room in the same team for the two of them.

Since the resumption, though, United have rattled in eight goals in 212 minutes when they have been on the pitch together without conceding.

Man Utd can dream big as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba strike gold in Brighton thrashing
Man Utd stars Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes were superb against Brighton (Image: GETTY)

They were losing to Tottenham when Pogba joined the fray to rescue a point in his initial return and struggling against Norwich in the FA Cup when he again emerged from the bench to join Fernandes.

The two games they have started together have both been won 3-0 before their early withdrawal together signalled the end of the scoring against Brighton last night as it had at Sheffield United before. Inseparable, it turns out.

The tactical conundrum is solved in a masterstroke. Stick Fernandes in the middle and Pogba plays anywhere he likes provided he stays on the same wavelength.

Warning was served to Brighton in the 13th minute when Pogba teed up Fernandes from distance and he hit his shot almost too well against the foot of the post.

Between them, they were running the show.

nited, of course, are far from a two-man team and seeing two players so on top of their game seems to spread confidence to the rest of their team-mates. Even Luke Shaw was beginning to like like his former self.

And certainly Mason Greenwood showed confidence in abundance with a superb individual goal squeezed inside the near post just four minutes later to give United the lead.

Then on the half-hour the Pogba-Fernandes collusion struck again, the former again providing the ammunition for the latter – this time a weaker and slightly deflected shot this time found its way just inside the upright.

Replays showed that 30 seconds earlier, Greenwood had clearly let the ball go out of play – beyond the remit of VAR, the Premier League quickly explained. VAR also ruled in United's favour on a tight offside decision.

This was not a night for fine margins to disguise the gulf in class, however.

Early in the second half Greenwood broke quickly down the left and Fernandes met his cross with neat volley. 3-0.

Brighton rallied late and David De Gea was able to build some confidence of his own with a couple of good saves.

But the Seagulls will fancy their chances of getting the three points they need for safety against the 11 men of Norwich on Saturday more than they clearly did against Fernandes and Pogba in such glorious union.

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