Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has learned he needs to find a way to incorporate Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba into his squad. That’s the opinion of BBC Sport specialist Garth Crooks, who believes Fernandes has been a beacon of inspiration for the Red Devils.
It comes after the Red Devils made a remarkable comeback against Southampton on Sunday.
Solskjaer’s men fell to a 2-0 halftime deficit as the game looked grim and another week of pressure underway.
But the Norwegian called on Cavani at half-time to completely transform the game, with the Uruguayan scoring twice and securing an assist to see United win 3-2.
In addition to Cavani, Fernandes put on a show of now typical brilliance for visitors scoring and assisting yet again.
The Portugal international hasn’t been at the club for even a year but must now be declared one of their most important players in recent history.
In his day, the Frenchman is unplayable and enjoyed his best football at the club during the first months of Solskjaer’s reign.
But with Donny van de Beek performing brilliantly for the Red Devils, Pogba’s long-term future doesn’t seem clear.
He told BBC Sport: “Without Bruno Fernandes’ determination Manchester United would be licking their injuries.
“The Portugal international was once again United’s inspiration, leading an impressive comeback to Southampton.
“With five minutes to go, there was only one team going to win this game, and it wasn’t the home team.
“If United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can put Paul Pogba in the right frame of mind and play with Fernandes and Edinson Cavani, anything is possible. ”
The Red Devils will face PSG next in the Champions League with a chance to qualify for the next round as they only need one point from their last two games.