I want to become a Manchester United great, says Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is targeting a regular place in the Manchester United first-team despite reports linking him with a move to AC Milan
Paul Pogba has declared that he wants a regular spot in Manchester United’s first-team after Sir Alex Ferguson urged the midfielder to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old made his debut for Ferguson’s side against Leeds United in the Carling Cup this season and the French midfielder went on to make two more appearances in the competition.
Pogba has been linked with a move to Serie A outfit AC Milan of late – but he insists he is focused on breaking into the United first-team and wants to become a “great” player at Old Trafford.
“It’s very good here,” Pogba told United’s website. “I’m getting in the first team and I enjoy it a lot. I have to carry on and try to play more games.
“My debut at Leeds was a great feeling. I played away, in a derby as well, and came on for Ryan Giggs. I thought: ‘Okay, now is a good chance to prove myself and to show them what I can do’. We won that game and it was a very good feeling.
“I told myself I’ve just tasted it, now I want to eat it – I want all the cake now! I want to play, work hard and do my best to get in the first-team squad.
“I think you grow up a lot at United. I came from France. I’m here and I know what I want to do. I just want to be a first-team player, a great player here and that’s it. I want to play with the first team.”
Ferguson last week urged Pogba to sign a new contract at United and told the midfielder not to allow greed to ruin his career at Old Trafford following reported interest from AC Milan, Internazionale, and Manchester City.
“He [Pogba] has got an agent who’s obviously become a bit difficult, but we’re negotiating with this agent and we want the boy to stay,” Ferguson said on Friday.
“If he doesn’t want to stay, then there’s not a lot you can do about it.
“We have an option on his contract that takes us into a year-and-a-half away, so in that respect there’s not a great emergency about it. But we’d like the boy to sign a contract and, if he’d like to be a Manchester United player, then he knows what to do.
“You hope he gets the right advice, but it’s down to the individual also. Matt Busby summed it up perfectly, that you don’t need to chase money at a club like Manchester United, it will eventually find you.
“If you’re good enough, you will earn money and become rich playing for Manchester United.
“It’s one of these situations that they can chase the money early in their career, but at the end, it’s not the same as if they’d stayed here. He [Pogba] just needs to look round about him to realise that.”