Date: 12th January 2010 at 8:04pm
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A little ray of sunshine in these debt-ridden, Cup-embarassment times is the progress of Paul Pogba: United’s 16 year old French youngster is settling down and displaying real quality.

‘I am really delighted with Paul,’ said Academy coach Paul McGuinness.

‘It has not been easy for him but at least now all the talk is about his football.’

And boy, that is good. He’s strong for a 16-year-old but also quick, he has a powerful shot and his passing is excellent. He lacks the positional sense – of a first-team player but for a 16-year-old he’s good in that department as well. Once he fills in he should be knocking on the door of the first team.

I wouldn’t rule out Pogba getting some opportunities in the Carling Cup next season, based on what I saw of him in Academy games. In truth, we haven’t had an outstanding player coming through for a while now, let’s hope he might be one.