Dimitar Berbatov has suggested Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba will not be able to play together at Man Utd as they are too "similar".
The two players are yet to feature in the same United side as Pogba continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
In the meantime Fernandes has quickly taken to the hearts of United fans, lightening the burden imposed on his teammates by Pogba's absence.
And former United striker Berbatov feels his old club could now face a conundrum when the Frenchman does finally return.
"I don’t know if Fernandes and Pogba can play together," Berbatov told Betfair. "Fernandes has quickly become an influential player for United.
"I’m pleased and impressed by how well integrated into the team he’s become in a short space of time.
"His teammates are looking for him with the ball because they know he can create magic. He looks happy to be playing for United. I really hope he continues in this form.
"As a fan of Paul Pogba, I want him to stay at United, I think it would be best for him, but I am curious to see how he will link up with Fernandes.
"They’re similar players, both intelligent enough to think three steps ahead when they’re on the ball.
"Sometimes footballers are too similar to play together. But I hope that’s not the case here because, with Fernandes and Pogba in the same midfield, United could be a very imaginative team that would surprise opponents next season or even sooner."
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had to bat away plenty of speculation regarding Pogba, who has been linked with a transfer this summer.
Pogba is integral to Solskjaer's rebuilding plans at Old Trafford, but ex-United captain Roy Keane feels its down to the midfielder if he wants to make a partnership with Fernandes work.
"Nobody has really been mentioning Paul Pogba because he (Fernandes) has settled into the club so well," Keane told Sky Sports.
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