Neville slams ‘thorn’ Raiola after swipe at Man Utd boss

Date published: Tuesday 18th February 2020 9:12

Gary Neville thinks Manchester United should stop using Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola in any future deals.

Pogba has barely played this season, making six starts in all competitions, as Man Utd have had to struggle with their best player.

The France international has been heavily linked with moves to Juventus and Real Madrid over the last year, while Raiola has hinted in the past that he wants Pogba to leave Old Trafford.

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Ahead of Man Utd’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Solskjaer said: “Paul is our player and not Mino’s. I haven’t sat down and told Paul to tell his agent what to say. I’ve not spoken to Mino, that’s for sure.”

To which Raiola responded on social media, he replied: “Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property, Paul is Paul Pogba’s.

“You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else. I hope Solskjaer do [sic] not want to suggest that Paul is his prisoner.”

 

And Neville reckons that Man Utd have to take a strong stance on Raiola and not be “played” by the agent.

“It will end with Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United. What needs to happen is the club taking a stance on that agent. That agent has messed them around now for years with Pogba and other players.

“Why they allow themselves to be played by him I’ll never know. He’s a serious thorn in the side for them. Manchester United should just stand strong and say if you’re represented by him we won’t deal with you.

“He’s publicly embarrassed them and the club all the time. He’s obviously sticking up for his player and defending him but I don’t think what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said was an aggressive move.

“He was just saying he is Manchester United’s player, they paid £90million for him and they want him to stay at the club and play well.

“Raiola wants to create a situation, he wants Pogba out of the club and wants his pay off him. He’ll continue to make money, he’s the golden egg for Mino Raiola.”

 

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