It turns out, two outstanding midfielders can actually work well in the same team. Who knew?
The unnecessarily hyped query over whether the returning Paul Pogba could play alongside Manchester United’s newest hero in Bruno Fernandes was dealt a clear, and predictable, answer at the Tottenham Stadium on Friday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came away from north London with a valuable point to stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 games and even looked good value for a win during the closing stages of the encounter.
Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho unsurprisingly set up Tottenham – boosted by the returns of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – to frustrate the visitors and strike on the break. With more than a little help from David De Gea as well as some suspect defending from skipper Harry Maguire, the Portuguese’s game plan appeared to be a success when Steven Bergwijn struck against the run of play in the 27th minute.
United had dominated possession but their struggles to break down teams that defend deep persisted despite the efforts of a lively Fernandes playing as the number 10.
The away side did have chances to score in the first half – Rashford drew a fine save from Hugo Lloris – but it was only upon the introduction of Pogba from the bench just past the hour mark that they really began to turn the screw.
The Frenchman slotted in behind Fernandes and alongside Scott McTominay and the tempo of United’s play was elevated almost instantaneously.
They had two top class playmakers prodding at Tottenham’s waning resolve and it was only a matter of time until they broke through.
Pogba was the architect of the equaliser, squaring up Eric Dier on the edge of the box before dribbling his way