Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly furious at Mino Raiola for talking about a possible move away from Old Trafford for Paul Pogba. The super-agent said last week his client could leave amid transfer interest from European giants Real Madrid and Juventus. But he’s since somewhat backed down on those comments, insisting he was talking hypothetically about the end of the season – rather than January.
Speaking before United’s 3-2 Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig last week, Raiola claimed Pogba’s time at the club was drawing to a close.
“There’s no point beating about the bush. It’s better to speak out clearly, look forward and avoid wasting time to find culprits,” he said.
“Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can’t manage to express himself like he wants to and like people expect him to.
“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scenery.
“He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but the best solution for all parties is a transfer in the next window.
“Otherwise the Old Trafford club, which I have a great relationship with, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that at the moment it’s not the player’s intention to extend the contract.”
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He made an instant impression back at Old Trafford, treating staff members with the utmost respect.
On the pitch, however, he’s been a shadow of his old self.
A bright run of form during the early stages of the Solskjaer era aside, the 2018 World Cup winner has rarely lived up to his superstar billing.
And a parting of the ways could now be on the cards, with Juventus appearing to be the early frontrunners in the race for his signature.
Real Madrid have been linked as well but a Bernabeu switch appears unlikely given Florentino Perez’s reluctance to deal with Raiola.
United have been tipped to sign Eduardo Camavinga as a potential replacement for Pogba, with the young midfielder shining with Rennes in France.
But signing him won’t be easy given Real are also keen.
Meanwhile, United legend Roy Keane thinks Raiola has done ‘a lot of talking’ – but wants Pogba to step up on the pitch.
“He’s not shown enough of it,” he said.
“His agent has done a lot of talking, but I judge players on what they do on the football pitch. Let’s hope Pogba can do his talking on the pitch.”