Time to unleash the Pog

by Sam Peoples

Pogba in action against Leeds in the Third Round of the Carling Cup. Photo: Gareth Copley (Getty Images)

Tonight, Paul Pogba will be getting some more senior action against Crystal Palace and with City sniffing at the heels of our youngster, it could not come at a better time. Over the years, United have had a tendency to lose promising foreign youngsters (look no further than Rossi and Pique) but in the case of Paul Pogba, who has long been touted as the Viera of his generation, it is a situation that does not bear thinking about. At the tender age of 19, Pogba has his whole career ahead of him and considering Jack Wilshere made a dramatic impact at Arsenal last season when he was the same age, it is not ludicrous to think that Pogba is ready to make his step up to the senior squad, especially when one considers how thin United’s midfield is. Anderson will be out of action until February, Cleverley will be out of action until January and with Carrick and Fletcher both already suffering from injuries earlier in the season, it is a strong possibility that one of the pair will be struck down at some point this season. Pogba, who typically plays a hard tackling and ferocious central defensive midfield position, would surely be a fantastic understudy to Michael Carrick? With how few options we have in the midfield, now is the time for SAF to pull out his characteristic faith in the youth and with SAF confirming that Pogba will be on the bench for the game tonight, we will get another glimpse at one of United’s most promising youngsters. Considering it is the Carling Cup, one could anticipate that Darron Gibson will probably g et a starting berth but I am hoping that Pogba will get 45 minutes under his belt and use his good performance against Leeds in the Third Round as a platform to improve on. Few players over recent years have carried such promise from the United youth but if Pogba is everything that we hope him to be, then tonight could be another early glimpse of a player that could have a glittering career. Getting ahead of myself? Definitely, but there is nothing wrong is optimism, is there?

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