Mino Raiola has taken a fresh dig at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting he will stay quiet in public over Paul Pogba‘s future so as not to make people “nervous”. Solskjaer clashed with Pogba’s agent after Raiola declared the midfielder’s United career “over” at the end of last year.
Speaking in December, Raiola declared that Pogba was “unhappy” at Old Trafford and said: “He needs to change team, he needs a change of scene.
“He has a contract that expires in a year and a half’s time, in the summer of 2022, but I think the best solution would be for him to leave in the next transfer window.”
“As soon as Pogba’s agent realises it is a team sport the better. I don’t want to spend energy on that,” Solskjaer then responded.
“You have to ask Paul if he is happy or not, I’m not going to speak for him. Paul is focused on doing his best for the team.”
The 27-year-old World Cup winner has ironically produced some of his best performances for the Red Devils in the time since.
Pogba, currently sidelined by a muscle problem, has started eight of United’s last nine Premier League games and has scored winning goals in games against Burnley and Fulham.
But Raiola has now reignited his ongoing war of words with Solskjaer, insisting when asked if the player might return to Juve: “Pogba must be left alone. I can’t speak about Pogba because I have the impression people are very nervous, they don’t sleep at night.
“When I give my opinion, everyone gets carried away. So I don’t speak anymore. I have to work quietly… If I speak, someone gets offended.
“What I do I must not do in front of you, but in front of other people. I have always worked in the shadows and I must continue to do so.”
Pogba is out of contract in 2022 and Solskjaer recently hinted that the France international will be offered an extension, insisting his midfielder is content in Manchester despite Raiola’s comments.
He said: “We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us.
“I’m just happy he’s focused and playing really well. He’s happy within himself and that’s important: you can see Paul enjoying football himself with a red shirt on.
“Our conversations remain private, of course. But for example, Paul is a Manchester United player through and through.
“He’s been here in two spells. He came as a kid, he’s learnt about the history of the club, the passion of the club.
“He wants to do the best for United when he’s here and I think we’ve seen that – that he really cares for his team and he’s trying to be as successful as everyone else.”
“I don’t have to comment about Mino Raiola through the media, I can talk to him myself,” he continued, before admitting he would “probably not” talk to the player’s representative.
Raiola responded on Twitter: “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 NOT WANT TO SUGGEST THAT PAUL IS HIS PRISONER. But BEFORE Solskjaer makes comments about things I say he should inform himself better about the context of what has been said.
“I am a free citizen who can think and express my thoughts. Until now I was maybe nice to him. Solskjaer should just remember things that he said in the summer to Paul.
“I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about. AT LEAST IF I WERE HIM I WOULD.”