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Fergie: Pogba Could Start

Ahead of Wednesday night’s League Cup game against Crystal Palace, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that we will be playing a young side like usual.

Palace are currently 10th in the Championship and managed to beat Southampton, who are top of the table, in the competition last month.

Ferguson is putting his faith in youth though and singles out Paul Pogba as a player who might start. Pogba has played for 45 minutes against Leeds and 30 minutes against Aldershot so far this season. The manager doesn’t name Ravel Morrison as a potential starter, although you’d like to think he would get some time on the park on Wednesday.

“There will be complete changes,” said Ferguson. “Chris Smalling has come back and I may be able to play him. He’s still young and it’ll be a young squad against Palace. The only area where I’ve got problems is centre midfield. It’s possible I could play Pogba in there but we’ll wait and see. I’ve got enough players to choose from, that’s for sure.”

The League Cup win in 2006 has been seen by some as the catalyst for the success that has followed, after the press had written United off as in decline the year before. The trophy has also been a great way for us to bring young players in to the team, which Ferguson believes makes it an important tournament.

“I think the League Cup has turned into quite a good tournament,” he added. “Clubs like United are able to introduce young players and ones who have not been playing regularly in the first team, and it’s been good to us over the years. We’ve won two finals at Wembley with young players, which is good going, and I think it’s become an important tournament for us in terms of getting the youngsters an introduction into winning and having an understanding of the progress they’re making.”

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  1. parryheid says:

    Ah and everybody else’s bandwagon jumper appears,no show without punch eh.

    Hoping to recruit more handers to your cause are you ? Your credibility is going down the plughole so I suggest you read the posts I originally made at 12 02 the one line response at 13 12 my reply 13 49 the predictable response at 15 58. And the most telling one of all Your post at22 29 shows you most clearly of them all to be a person who is not a fair minded or even handed but a person with an agenda sad sad fool.

  2. CedarsDevil says:


    From now on I will no longer read your garbage filled posts but merely address you with two words, i.e. fuck off…. So whenever you read just those two words in my post know very well that I mean you

    Recruit more handers? You sad fuck

    Fuck off

  3. CedarsDevil says:

    Just to finish, I know King Eric called you a cunt first to get the ball rolling, but he was merely stating a fact….. Now fuck off

  4. parryheid says:

    Suggested you took your own advice much earlier and ignore me you devious cunt but you couldn’t keep your interfering nose out of it.As a result you have exposed yourself badly.

  5. CedarsDevil says:

    Fuck off

  6. parryheid says:

    Oh devious cunt pretending to be a fair minded even handed man.You wound me ha ha Why don’t you go get yourself some pride,silly man

  7. CedarsDevil says:

    Sadness and misery is all around us, I pity those that are miserable however I have no place in my heart for those who simply choose to be sad and demented

  8. parryheid says:

    A lack of pride and an inflated sense of worth is a terrible thing,decency and right is a worthy thing to pursue.

  9. slim says:

    damn, this thread still running? Noticed Cedars comments in the current topic and i thought surely not

    ah i see, nowt to do with Pogba. Regular cock fight it seems.leave you guys to it

  10. WillieRedNut says:

    Parry is winning this debate. Can Cedars retort? Stay here, to find out! ;)

  11. CedarsDevil says:


    Hahahahahaha, you stirrer of pots…. Thought that was my area of expertise!

    Not to disappoint, he can fuck off!

  12. WillieRedNut says:

    I love you Cedars. you know that lol. Parry is Parry. ;)

  13. parryheid says:

    Tell you what devious cunt,not a fair minded or even handed man read the posts I put up at 11 58 and I mean read them then come on here and give your views,genuine views not agenda ones.because there are people who use this site who will have read them and came to the conclusion this guy may have a point without sticking their noses in and interfering.You chose to run with somebody else’s ball because of your admitted agenda I know for a fact you won’t cause you dare not.Youv’e destroyed your credibility I aint in any race to win any race and you who wants to give it the big I am you have no expertise.I do I’m a spark what’s your expertise apart from jester/fool.

  14. CedarsDevil says:

    Ya whatever, just fuck off

  15. parryheid says:

    Just reconfirmed it devious cunt.GIRUY

  16. Paul Parker says:

    Easy Rom, haven’t read all comments, saw RedNut say Parry was 4 nil up on this page Lol.

    Top first post for once! It’s not an exaggeration to say we’ve got the best batch of young talent in the league. Hopefully the cup run lasts a bit longer this season so they all get more games.

    Parryheid – I’d agree Morrison hasn’t pulled any trees up per say. He’s put in some top performances by all accounts but not at a significant stage *yet*. But you can’t say the same for Pogba mate, not objectively anyway. His international experience as national captain is considerable. He *has* consistently pulled up trees for his age, as far as big games and tournaments go. He just hasn’t done it in a United shirt, *yet*. Hopefully they both start.

    King Eric – yeah mate, a midfield of Tunnicliffe, Cleverley, Pogba and Morrison would go down a treat tonight. Doubt the manager would start them, but then again wouldn’t be surprised if he did just that!

    SmartAlex – read your post from the old thread, cheers pal, and likewise.

  17. Paul Parker says:

    Lol, just glanced over the beef and there I was thinking Pogba was being debated

    You lot are nuts :lol

  18. Paul Parker says:

    got the fucking smileys giving it large now :lol:

  19. parryheid says:

    Paul Parker.

    Never any dispute about the talent/ability my problem the readiness for first team places in the here and now.

  20. Paul Parker says:


    Well… based on last nights performance we’d have to say the lads need a lot more senior games (no surprises there then). But, considering our teenage players are new to the first team (unlike Zaha), I’d have to say Morrison, Fryer and Pogba did impress. It certainly wasn’t their fault Palace scored a screamer, and the offside wasn’t down to them either. They certainly aren’t ready for EPL just yet, but with more games they’ll make a mark on the League. Shame their Cup run is over so soon really, now they’ll have sod all chances to play.

  21. parryheid says:

    Paul Parker.

    That’s my point they and a few others Are our future with the emphasis on Future and not the here and now I’m not saying miles away but a considerable bit imo anyway.

  22. smartalex says:

    The Sir Alex interview entitled ‘Boss: Timing key for debuts’ adds some light to this discussion:

    “The monitoring system here is good and there’s a lot of consistency with our Academy staff,” says Sir Alex in the new edition of Inside United. “These are guys that have been here a long time and know what to look for. When somebody like Paul McGuinness comes to me and says: ‘He’s a first-team player’, then I know to keep a special eye on the player.

    “From there, we’ll bring the boy into first-team training for a couple of sessions. That’s what we’re doing at the moment with Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Jesse Lingard, Zeki Fryers, Larnell Cole and Michael Keane. They’re all training with the first team.

    “That allows me to see how they cope playing against seasoned professionals, it lets me judge their temperament. It allows me to get a far better picture of how they’re progressing. And, while this is going on, you hope they’re playing well for the Reserves and displaying the right attitude and enthusiasm.

    “Players are never simply thrown into first-team action,” he asserted. “They always follow this step-by-step process.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever been off the mark and given a boy his chance too early. That can be very damaging. If he’s not up to the standards we require at United, then we don’t venture there. The last thing we’d want is to humiliate a player. I’m not saying every player I’ve ever given a debut to has gone on to be a fantastic player at this club, but most of them have at least forged successful careers.”


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