Paul Pogba is looking more likely to stay at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United are working hard to keep hold of Paul Pogba this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now planning to build his midfield around a partnership with the Frenchman and Bruno Fernandes.

Pogba was expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season after coming close to leaving last year and enduring a forgettable campaign so far, severely hampered by an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old has not started a game since September, although it is thought he has now recovered and will be available to play as and when the Premier League returns from the coronavirus hiatus.

In his absence, United signed Bruno Fernandes in January and the Portuguese has made a sensational start to life in England, immediately becoming a key component of Solskjaer’s side, scoring goals and providing assists from midfield.

Questions were asked on whether Pogba and Fernandes could play together, and now that prospect looks more likely than ever, according to the Mirror.

With coronavirus set to have a huge impact on the transfer market, Pogba being sold for £100m or more now looks unlikely, even with Real Madrid in the market for the World Cup winner.

Manchester United are not going to accept a cut-price offer for the former Juventus man, and with their spending power also cut, will look to keep hold of him rather than take their chances in an uncertain transfer market.

Bruno Fernandes has made a superb impact since arriving at Man Utd (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)

Pogba’s contract expires next summer but there is an option for the club to extend it by a further year, so as not to risk losing him for free in 2021.

Not only is the club more reluctant to sell than before, but the player has also come round to the idea of staying thanks to the wonderful addition of Fernandes to the United midfield.

The prospect of lining up with the Portuguese is exciting for the Frenchman, and United’s future looks a lot brighter since his arrival from Sporting in January.

Pogba and Fernandes will line-up alongside the likes of Scott McTominay, Fred or Nemanja Matic, which could provide Solskjaer with the balance of hard-work, sturdiness and creativity he has been looking for in the middle of the park.

United look very likely to have at least a season of this new combination, with big transfers increasingly unlikely this summer.

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