Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has spoken glowingly about the influence that Bruno Fernandes has had on Paul Pogba.

Fernandes signed from Sporting Lisbon in January and has made a huge impact on a United side now fighting hard to finish in the Premier League top four.

Pogba initially didn't feel the benefit of playing alongside Fernandes due to injury but their combination has been impressive since the restart.

United again made a strong statement last Thursday by dispatching Aston Villa in a 3-0 win, with Fernandes assisting Pogba's neatly-placed goal from outside the box after a clever corner from the Portuguese international.

Ferdinand has praised Fernandes on several occasions since his arrival at Old Trafford and he was at it again when speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live.

The former United defender told the BBC: "He'd (Pogba) have been licking his lips in the training ground listening to the lads.

"What happens is, the boys come off the training pitch and they are talking about 'the new signing, he's unbelievable, he's this, he's that'.

"Paul will have been sat there thinking, 'I want to see this, I want to see if this is the truth, if he's really this good and I believe I'll be able to play with him'.

"Paul has come in and had a new lease of life where he doesn't feel as though all the responsibility in terms of the creative aspect is about him and has to go through him - I think that was a big burden on him."