Paul Pogba has had a well-traveled youth career thus far. He has played for Roissy-en-Brie, Torcy, Le Havre, and Manchester United. Many people have compared the 18-year-old midfielder to French legend Patrick Vieira.
But the Manchester United is a more versatile midfielder than his fellow Frenchman. Pogba has played both in attacking and defensive midfield for United's reserves.
On 12 August 2011, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed to ManUtd.com that the French starlet will be featured in the first team at some point this season.
We’ve got a young boy Pogba who's showing great promise for us. He came on in a couple of games in terms of progress with the youth team, we’re quite positive about him.
I mean if we hold Pogba back, what’s going to happen? He’s going to leave. You know, in a couple of years’ time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he’s got great ability, plus he’s got the physique and athleticism.
Here are the five reasons that Paul Pogba will be a future star at Manchester United.
The former French U-18 international stands at 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) and is still growing into his frame. Pogba has been able to dominate the heart of the pitch when he is featured as a holding midfielder for United's reserves.
His best chance to crack the Red Devils first team, or even the starting XI, would definitely be as a defensive minded midfield player. Nobody can claim that Pogba is not physically ready for English Premier League action at the moment, but his lack of experience will most likely lead to Carling Cup duty for the 2010-11 Premier League champions.
Aside from having a physique similar to that of Patrick Vieira, Pogba also has the technical prowess of Claude Makélélé.
Pogba has been known to frustrate opposing midfielders because of his tremendous ability and touch on the ball. For a rather tall midfielder, he also has excellent control.
Since arriving at Old Trafford, Pogba has made it a habit of scoring cracking goals. The Frenchman has never been one to shy away from striking the ball from distance, and why not. More often than not, his efforts are more than justified.
When it comes to passing, vision, and creativity FC Barcelona's Xavi and Iniesta are second to none, but Pogba is no slouch himself. His ability to pick apart defences with a great ball in the final third has earned him praise and comparison to United legend Paul Scholes.
Is Paul Pogba the heir to Paul Scholes? Paul for Paul. Seems like destiny at its finest.
Albeit is a cliché, confidence is the name of the game. Just ask Fernando Torres. The Spaniard has just netted one goal for the Blues in 21 games, a horrendous goal record for such a prolific striker.
Earlier this month, Sir Alex Ferguson praised the youngster and guaranteed him first team action in 2011-12. Pogba has never been short of confidence, but his confidence is surely at an all-time high following a great season in 2011-11.