Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes set to be joined by ace who can help close the gap on Chelsea

Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has tipped Paul Pogba to make an instant impact when he returns to the side following ankle surgery. The Frenchman is expected to make his comeback over the coming weeks.

United beat defending Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0 yesterday and new signing Bruno Fernandes continued to dazzle.

The Portugal international joined for £47million from Sporting Lisbon in January and has helped the Red Devils to a nine-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Pogba is expected to return to the squad and bolster Solskjaer’s options as he continues an assault on the Champions League places.

United are three points off fourth-placed Chelsea and O’Shea reckons the return of Pogba could be the difference in closing the gap.

“There are definitely good signs,” O’Shea told talkSPORT. “Obviously Fernandes has had that desired impact and [Odion] Ighalo seems to have found his feet.

“There are good signs but there’s still a lot to do, a lot to improve on.

“You bring Pogba back into that mix and there are good signs ahead.

“He’s had a couple of operations and he’s back on the training pitch now, and he could hopefully play a big part in United closing the gap on Chelsea to get to the top four, and that would be a huge impact.

“I remember Paul in the youth team and coming into the first team, and he’s a decent fella.


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“Behind the scenes he works brilliantly in the gym, he’s a good character, he drives other players on.”

Pogba has only made eight appearances for United this season and none have come since the turn of the year.

The 26-year-old is expected to push for a move away from Old Trafford again this summer with Real Madrid and Juventus likely destinations.

However, Solskjaer has hinted he bring Pogba back into the fold to play alongside Fernandes.

“Of course, you look at our squad and you want the best players playing together,” Solskajer said.

“You have a hope that we get to the stage where we really challenge for the league.

“We want to consistently keep winning games like Manchester United teams do by playing convincing, attacking, free-flowing football with flair.”

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