Date: 16th December 2011 at 1:53pm
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With a bowel illness ruling Darren Fletcher out for an undisclosed amount of time, United are left with just Michael Carrick available in the middle of the pitch. 

It had been expected that this would force Sir Alex’s hand and he would look to bring in a player or two in January. But this morning Sir Alex stated that he will only delve into the transfer market if one of our long term targets become available.

The likelihood of that happening in January is slim to none with inflated fees as well as team’s reluctance to part with players half way through the season, so Sir Alex may have to look closer to home.

Paul Pogba has long been touted as a future midfield star for United and this season has tasted first team action on more than one occasion. With United’s current injury situation, it appears that he may be set to feature more frequently:

“Pogba is a possibility.

“He is a big, strong lad and a good athlete.

“He is improving and developing well. We have seen the progress he has made since coming to the club and physically, he is better than the rest of last year’s youth team, apart from Zeki Fryers.”