Sir Alex Ferguson would bench Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba - Eric Djemba-Djemba


The arrival of Fernandes in January, in particular, has created a new wave of optimism for the midfield duo to usher Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in an exciting new era with the Portugal international already contributing six goals and four assists in his first 13 games.

But former Cameroon star Eric Djemba-Djemba, who played under the tutelage of Ferguson between 2003 and 2005 suggests they wouldn't have broken into the Red Devils starting line-up during their golden era.

4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £15m / R337m
4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £15m / R337m
=8. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £10.4m / R233
=8. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – £10.4m / R233m
=8. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)  – £10.4m
=8. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £10.4m / R233m
=8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)  – £10.4m / R233m
=8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £10.4m / R233m
7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.9m / R267
7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.9m / R267m
6. Anthony Martial (Manchester United)  – £13m / R
6. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £13m / R292m
5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £13.9m / R312m
5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £13.9m / R312m
3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £15.6m / R3
3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £15.6m / R350m
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £16.6m / R3
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £16.6m / R373m
1. David de Gea (Manchester United) – £19.5m / R43
1. David de Gea (Manchester United) – £19.5m / R438m

"Fernandes and Pogba would definitely have been on the bench behind [Roy] Keane and [Paul] Scholes," he told "Those two were amazing together. Roy Keane was like a coach, as a manager to the team."

While Djemba-Djemba concedes that Pogba's criticism has been warranted, he feels he still has the potential to engrave his name into history books if he can remain consistent.

"I think that Paul Pogba can still get a lot better. He still a young lad, and we can still expect better things to come from him," the 39-year-old said.

"Now you will see, with Matic and Fernandes, Pogba will become a world-class player again. He needs them to push him, to tell him that he can do these things, to turn him into an even better player."