Paul Pogba won’t leave Manchester United on loan this season, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed, with the Red Devils manager insisting that Pogba needs to settle into England before moving clubs, even on a temporary basis.
Pogba appeared set to leave for Burnley on a loan deal, and while Ferguson has hinted that a move might be possible for next season, he believes that keeping the French midfielder at Old Trafford is important for his development.
"He's got a slight injury. It's not too bad, though,” Ferguson said of Pogba.
“So he wasn't available for Sunday but he should be able to play on Tuesday and I intend to play him against Leeds United."
Ferguson argued that while he would normally send a young player of Pogba’s potential out on loan, in this particular case he needs to remain at United for at least another season.
"It's more difficult to loan a boy of 18 who's come from France. We prefer to keep him with us until we find he's mature enough to possibly go on loan,” he said.
“Maybe next year that could be an option but we're definitely expecting him this season to stay with Manchester United."
United face Leeds on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup, in what will no doubt be a fiery encounter for the rival sides.