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24/05/2010 09:08, Report by Nick Coppack

Reds shine at Euro finals

Story updated 25/05/2010

United will have at least one player in the UEFA Under-17 Football Championship final in Liechtenstein, with Paul Pogba's France facing England in the last four.

Three of Pogba's club colleagues helped England to claim top spot in Group B. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and striker Will Keane - United's Young Player of the Year - started in the wins over Greece and Czech Republic; the pair were then on the bench as a changed line-up including Reds defender Tom Thorpe overcame Turkey 2-1 in the last group game.

Meanwhile, Pogba has featured in every game for France at the tournament so far and scored the winner in Les Bleus' crucial 1-0 victory over Portugal. In a post-match interview, the highly-rated midfielder told UEFA.com how much he's enjoyed life at United since his arrival last October from French club Le Havre.

“It’s a real experience,” he said. “I didn't know the language, it's not the same style of game – it’s more physical.”

Of his contact with United’s first-team stars, Pogba said: “Sometimes I can see them, speak to them, joke, play table tennis… I am very close to them. Gabriel Obertan, because he's French, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand, I can speak with him. He says, ‘Good luck, just work hard’. And you have to if you want to be a good player.

“Sometimes they come and watch the games and try to help me. That's good, as they have a lot of experience. I listen to them and try to learn quickly.”

U-17 semi-finals: England v France (16:00), Spain v Turkey (20:00) on Thursday 27 May.

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