Manchester United star Paul Pogba has hit the ground running alongside Bruno Fernandes – and he insists that is no co-incidence.
The signing of midfielder Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in a big-money January move led to questions over Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.
But the Frenchman, who was sidelined after ankle surgery at the time, has now opened up on his initial response to the news.
And he says his first reaction was to gain an understanding of his new team-mate and analyse his game so they could strike up an instant chemistry on the pitch.
It certainly appears to have done the trick, with the pair being the driving force behind a stunning run of form since the Premier League restart.
“When Bruno arrived, I get that I need to understand him straight away,” Pogba told BT Sport.
“I didn’t want one month to adapt to his game so I watched him, watched his position, how he used the ball, what he’s good at so when I came back we could do well together.
“Straight away when I get to him [Bruno], I know ‘I can make this run’, ‘I know I have to pass him the ball there because he is dangerous there’.
“I try to analyse how he plays with the team, how to improve my positioning and stuff like that.”
Speaking last month, Pogba outlined how he is enjoying playing alongside Fernandes and the rest of United’s attacking talent.
“From behind I just enjoy it,” he told United’s website.
“I’m enjoying just watching Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Mason, who all played the last game, and seeing them score goals.
“You just keep applauding, it’s beautiful – they make me enjoy football every time.”
Fernandes also addressed his on-field relationship with Pogba after they beat Brighton but insisted the focus should be on their team-mates.
Fernandes said: ”Paul is an amazing player but I don’t want to talk too much about me and Paul. It is not fair enough on the other team-mates.
“Of course Paul has such good qualities and is so much important for us and I think we can combine together.
“We have qualities and we can play together, but also we know we have some team-mates who can do very well when we are out.
“I think it’s not fair on the other guys if we talk just about me and Paul.
“There are so many good players here. Look at the work of Scotty [McTominay], Nemanja [Matic]… these guys have done so well. Then you have Juan [Mata] and Jesse [Lingard] all excellent players, great No. 10s.”