Youngster set to commit to Old Trafford future.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that his teenage midfielder Paul Pogba will commit to a new contract with the club, after handing the Frenchman his Premier League debut against Stoke City last night.
Pogba is out of contract in the summer, and was heavily linked with a Juventus transfer before the window closed late last night.
He came on after 72 minutes against Stoke, replacing Javier Hernandez – the scorer of the Red Devils’ first goal from the penalty spot.
Although the team were already two goals to the good and could relax somewhat, Pogba made a good impression.
Having reportedly expressed reluctance to stay at Manchester United due to a lack of first team opportunities, perhaps this first league appearance will convince him to remain at Old Trafford.
“Pogba did very well,” said Ferguson to BBC Radio Five Live after the game.
“He’s got great talent and has a tremendous physique for a young boy. You can’t believe he’s 18. I was very pleased. It was a good time to bring him on as we were in control of the game and it gave him a chance to be confident with the ball.”
“We are negotiating his contract at the moment. It’s a bit complicated as he’s changed his agent a couple of times.
“The boy wants to stay, I think that’s obvious.”
Pogba is still very young, and will make mistakes as he goes forward, but perhaps one day he will be the answer to Manchester United’s midfield quandary.