Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will add “nothing” to the Red Devils side when he returns from injury, according to former Chelsea hero Joe Cole.
Pogba is nearing a comeback after two-and-a-half months out with a thigh injury. But Cole says the Frenchman’s time at Old Trafford is coming to an end.
Pogba is out of contract at United this summer and it doesn’t appear as though he will be extending his stay at the club.
The likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are set to be interested in a free transfer for the 28-year-old.
United interim boss Ralf Rangnick said this week that Pogba will be welcomed back to his squad despite it looking likely he will leave.
But Cole reckons there is no place in the team for him.
He said on BT Sport Score: “I don’t think Pogba adds anything to this side. His race is run at Man United.
“Ever since Bruno Fernandes walked through the door, I think he’s just a percentage better than Pogba in all areas and there’s only room for one of them in the team because of egos.
“So I think his time is done. He needs a new challenge. But I’m a big fan of Bruno Fernandes.”
United’s midfield is an area which has faced a lot of criticism this season.
But Cole believes Bruno Fernandes could be the answer in a deeper role.
Fernandes played the final 10 minutes or so of the 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday alongside Scott McTominay after Fred was substituted.
The Portugal star has spent the majority of his United career to date as a No 10.
“Well I agree in the sentiment that the midfield is the area they need to strengthen,” Cole added.
“McTominay I like but there needs to be something else, a different ingredient in there.
“I can’t have that Bruno Fernandes isn’t the man. Playing in this deeper role I think he’s pressed well, he’s looked to probe.
“But I think the problem with Man United fans is they’re judging it on the great teams they’ve had in the past. This is a new generation, this is a new team, and I think today they’ve looked okay.
“I think there needs to be someone else in there to push them [McTominay and Fred] and also to compliment the balance in there.”