Man Utd team "wasn’t fixed" for Pogba before Fernandes says Ferdinand

Manchester United "wasn't fixed for Paul Pogba to thrive" before Bruno Fernandes' arrival, according to Rio Ferdinand.

The Frenchman has performed impressively since returning from injury in his side's 1-1 draw at Tottenham last month.

He scored in United's 3-0 win at Aston Villa last time out and is beginning to look like the £89m the Red Devils signed in 2016.

Ferdinand believes the World Cup winner was carrying too much weight on his shoulders before Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford.

But having the Portuguese star is the starting XI gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side the right balance which allowed Pogba to express himself.

"He'd (Pogba) have been licking his lips in the training ground listening to the lads," the former United defender told Radio 5 Live.

"What happens is, the boys come off the training pitch and they are talking about 'the new signing, he's unbelievable, he's this, he's that'.

"Paul will have been sat there thinking, 'I want to see this, I want to see if this is the truth, if he's really this good and I believe I'll be able to play with him'.

"Paul has come in and had a new lease of life where he doesn't feel as though all the responsibility in terms of the creative aspect is about him and has to go through him – I think that was a big burden on him.

"The team wasn't fixed and set up for him to thrive. Now it very much is and he's starting to show why there is always such a commotion around Paul Pogba, because he's a fantastically talented kid."

Fernandes has been hugely impressive since his January move from Sporting Lisbon and scored his eighth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot at Villa Park.

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