Three things we noticed as Pogba takes on Fernandes in Man Utd training match

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes were pitted against one another at Old Trafford on Saturday as Manchester United trained.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer staged an XI vs XI at the Red Devils' home ground as he stepped up his side's preparation ahead of the Premier League returning.

United's first fixture back is against Tottenham on June 19.

Solskjaer is readying his boys to fight for a top-four finish in order to secure Champions League football next season. Currently, United sit fifth, three points behind Frank Lampard's Chelsea in third.

Here's three things we noticed from this weekend's training session at Old Trafford.

1. Pogba is starting from scratch

The World Cup winner has played just eight times for Manchester United this season due to an ankle injury, but he's very much on the mend.

In fact, Pogba was due to train with the first team the week the global coronavirus outbreak forced United to close the doors of its Carrington base.

Everyone knows what Pogba is capable of on a football pitch, but United legend Paul Scholes reckons the Frenchman is starting from scratch in some ways.

The Red Devils have been impressive without Pogba this season, and it's up to him to prove to Solskjaer in training he deserves a place in his starting XI.

"Paul has got a little bit of work to do to get into the team," said Scholes.

"Before the outbreak happened and the stop happened, you have to say that the players that were playing – Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred – they were really doing well in midfield.

"It's not going to be straightforward for Paul. He's got some work on his hands just to get back into the team.

"But we all know what Paul's capable of. He's a top player when he's on form. The better players you play with – surely that can only be to the benefit of the team."

2. Fernandes pitted against Pogba

Much has been made of whether Pogba and January signing Bruno Fernandes will complement each other at Man United.

Solskjaer is confident there will be no problems. He previously told Sky Sports: "Good players can always play together, so definitely, they can – it's a big yes.

"I think it's exciting… we do have an exciting squad.

"I've got Scott [McTominay], Fred, Nemanja [Matic]. There's many games coming up and I'm sure we can find a good connection between them. We've been discussing that as a coaching team of course, and we're looking forward to it.

"Of course Bruno coming in, making the impact he made, it was a boost for everyone, the club, supporters and players. Getting Paul and Marcus Rashford back would be fantastic.

"Paul has had a difficult season with injuries, and Marcus as well is getting back. So for us, and for them too, this gives them a chance to start on a par or even ahead of other players."

But it seems the Norwegian wasn't itching to see the duo on the same side on Saturday because he put them on opposing teams for the training match.

3. Rashford returning to his best

Marcus Rashford has been out of action since suffering a double stress fracture to his back during an FA Cup clash with Wolves in January.

There were doubts the England international would be fit for the return of the Premier League, but he told Stretty News: "I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it.

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"I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc.

"For me personally I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I'm back fully fit I'm determined to push on."

On Saturday the forward looked sharp in training, sprinting away from Juan Mata with ease as the Spaniard tried to close him down.

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