Paul Pogba could start against Crystal Palace on Wednesday
Leeds United's Tom Lees (C) challenges Manchester United's Paul Pogba during their English League Cup soccer match in Leeds, northern England September 20, 2011. REUTERS

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he may be ready to give Paul Pogba his long awaited opportunity to stake a claim in his starting XI, following Darren Fletcher's extended absence from football.

The prodigiously gifted Manchester United starlet is one of the most talked about young talents in the Premier League despite his fledgling career. The 18-year-old is yet to commit to a new contract at Old Trafford and he has subsequently been coveted by a number of Europe's elite clubs.

Manchester United's debilitating injury list is threatening to undermine their efforts to sustain their title challenge on leaders Manchester City and Ferguson admits Pogba is now under consideration ahead of the upcoming busy festive period.

Injuries to Tom Cleverley, Anderson, and Fletcher have decimated Manchester United's midfield but it may afford Pogba the opportunity to impose his hugely discussed abilities on Ferguson's first team.

"Pogba is a possibility," The Manchester United manager told a press conference. '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." The Old Trafford supremo concluded.

Last month the IBTimes UK endeavoured to contact Pogba's agent in an effort to clarify the midfielder's future at Manchester United, but the young Frenchman's representative declined to comment and rumours abound that he has recently rejected a lucrative £15,000 a week deal despite his relatively modest standing at United.

The player has been used fleetingly in the Carling Cup for Manchester United this season but their injury concerns could see him involved this weekend against QPR.