Sam Allardyce reckons Paul Pogba is ‘creating unrest’ in order to pressurise Manchester United into giving him what he wants.
Pogba has fuelled speculation over his long-term commitment to United with an interview given to Sky Germany while he is on international duty with France.
The World Cup winner said “who knows what will happen in the next few months,” when asked about his future before brazenly insisting: “It’s not me who’s talking.”
United had planned to begin talks with Pogba over extending his contract and the topic gives Jose Mourinho another headache he doesn’t need.
Former Everton and England boss Allardyce recognises Pogba’s tactic and says the United board, more than Mourinho, will have to remain strong.
“Agents and players are becoming far too powerful,” Allardyce told TalkSport.
“It’s been a particular problem for many, many years but it’s getting stronger and stronger – dictating too much regarding where the player goes or where he wants to go.
“And then, when the player doesn’t get what he wants, he starts to create unrest at the football club to try to get his own way.
“It’s a strong manager and a strong owner that will only withstand that pressure, otherwise they will crack and allow him to go.
“The club need to say, ‘The manager is going to be here, you’re going to be there, you’ve got a contract – shut up and get on with it’.
“You need a strong ownership, not a strong manager, to put things right.”
International breaks often cause manager’s grief with players speaking more freely while not being under control of their clubs.
Allardyce says he would fine a player for speaking out while away with his national team.
“You always hear it on an international break, and then you will always hear they’ve been misinterpreted when they get back,” Allardyce said.
“But they haven’t been misinterpreted.
“I always said to my players before they went: ‘While you’re on international duty do not comment about the football club, just concentrate on your country and don’t contribute anything that may end up being controversial’.
“We have a code of conduct and if they break that code of conduct while they are away, for me, they get a fine.”