Paul Pogba is being integrated into the Manchester United first-team

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Rohan Ince of Chelsea battles with Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the FA Youth Cup Semi Final 1st Leg match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 10, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson appears ready to integrate starlet Paul Pogba into the first-team. During the Reds FA Youth Cup winning side from the past campaign, it was the young Frenchman that consistently impressed in a box-to-box role in the center of the park. Pogba was brought to United in 2009 as a 16-year-old from French Ligue 2 side, Le Havre. Since then, the youngster has impressed with both his physical and technical qualities - enough to where Fergie has talked about giving him the opportunity to integrate himself into the first-team:

"Pogba's in the first-team training set-up now. So, that's the first step. After that, it'll likely depend on when we decide to make changes. He'll probably be involved in the League Cup {versus Leeds United} and that'll be his chance to establish himself in the squad."

Source: Inside United

During the recent international break, Pogba discussed the possibilties of first-team football with United:

"Everyday I'm aiming for the first-team. Sir Alex gave me confidence by picking me for the pre-season game against Marseille in August. So I know I'm on the right track. Everyone at the club is great - they look after young players well. We have a laugh and there's a special atmosphere."

Source: 10 Foot


While Pogba's name has continually come up in recent months for possible implementation into the first-team, he is not generally regarded as the most heralded of the FA Youth Cup winning side. All indications are that Pogba is certainly a tremendous talent and it may be his maturity, both in physique and character, that is earning him an early opportunity. But it is the mercurial Ravel Morrison, who some suggest may be the most gifted product of the United youth system since the days of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who many figured would break through first as a regular first-team player. Legal troubles appears to be halting Morrison's current progress. Fergie further mentioned a few other youngsters who have done well, but Morrison's name was not amongst those mentioned.


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