Sir Alex Ferguson says he is still fighting to keep hold of Paul Pogba, stating his belief that the 19-year-old could be a ‘fantastic’ player for Manchester United in the future if he stays at the club.
Pogba’s future hangs in the balance with his current contract expiring in the summer and Juventus having reportedly declared an interest in signing the former Le Havre youngster at the end of the season.
Ferguson has repeatedly spoke of his desire to persuade Pogba to sign a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford, and has handed him substitute appearances in each of United’s last three outings.
Now the Scot has revealed that the talented youngster will play some part in United’s fixture against Fulham on Monday having been taken off early in United’s reserve team fixture against Aston Villa, and reiterated his desire to keep the Frenchman at the club.
"We took Paul off as he will be involved on Monday," Ferguson said. "We want him to stay because we think he's going to be a fantastic Manchester United player. We hope that's the case.”
While Pogba’s future continues to occupy Ferguson’s thoughts, his main focus remains on keeping Manchester City at bay in the title race with nine league games to play.
United have come good with the end in sight having not tasted defeat in the league since the first game of January, and Ferguson believes his side cannot afford to slip up now.
"Every game is a must-win game," Ferguson commented. "Hopefully we can keep the momentum going. It's funny how when you come to the crucial part of the season, everyone tends to get fit again. We are delighted with that. It does help your cause without question having a full squad. It gives me variety.
"You have to congratulate the players on achieving the position they are in because of the injuries
we've had. It has not been a great season for us in terms of injuries. But the players have shown resilience. They have dug in and they are in the position they are now because of that. Now that we are starting to get players back, it strengthens our chances."