Relations between Manchester United and controversial super-agent Mino Raiola appear to be at an all-time low after the 53-year-old claimed last week that Paul Pogba is unhappy at the club and wants to leave. Raiola has a reputation for stealing the limelight due to his outspoken nature, a trait that sees him subjected to scathing criticism on a regular basis.
One of the latest pundits to slam Raiola is former United full-back Gary Neville, who argued on Sky Sports after Saturday’s drab draw with rivals Manchester City that the Red Devils should sell Pogba and never deal with his agent again.
He said: “Manchester United have got a big problem whilst they’ve got a star player in the dressing room who has an agent is categorically going to go out the night before the biggest game of the season. The lack of respect!
“The guy should never be dealt with again by this football club. This football club has got to stand still and look at what is happening.”
“They can’t go and sign another player with that agent, they cannot do that,” he added. “Enough is enough!”
If United are to shun Raiola in their future transfer dealings, they will be forced to rule out signing a number of the world’s best players.
Raiola boasts a star-studded pool of clients that includes the likes of Erling Haaland, Matthijs de Ligt and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Highly-rated Roma prospect Justin Kluivert, who was linked with the Red Devils prior to his move to Italy, is also represented by the notorious agent along with Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti and Hoffenheim midfield enforcer Diadie Samassekou.
Former United pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are two more names on Raiola’s list.
He has locked horns with the club on several occasions, most famously in 2012 when he was labelled a ‘s**t bag’ by legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson following Pogba’s original exit from the club.
Six years later, after his return as United’s record signing, then-manager Jose Mourinho called out Raiola amid rumours of a rift with Pogba claiming that the problem was with the people that he ‘listens to’ and not with the player himself.
Following Pogba’s dismissal of Raiola’s recent claims via an Instagram statement on Saturday, the Dutch-Italian agent doubled down on his belief that the midfielder will soon depart Old Trafford, suggesting that the reaction to his initial comments was over the top.
“When it comes to him in England they are sensitive, perhaps too sensitive,” he told Tuttosport, as reported by Sky Sports.
“In January, the big players hardly move, then in the summer let’s see what happens.”