Paul Pogba’s super-agent Mino Raiola rubbishes ‘bulls**t’ claims he destabilised Manchester United with his comments about the midfielder’s future, insisting talk he impacted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is ‘BORING’
- Mino Raiola said Paul Pogba has no interest in signing a new Man Untied deal
- Raiola spoke out on eve of Champions League tie at RB Leipzig last December
- He said the club should sell the midfielder because he ‘has to change teams’
- Manchester United, with Pogba named as a sub, lost 3-2 to the German side
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has furiously dismissed claims that his comments on the future of Paul Pogba had any influence over Manchester United’s season.
The super-agent gave an interview in Italy on the eve of Manchester United’s crucial Champions League encounter at RB Leipzig last December in which he said Pogba’s time at Old Trafford time was ‘over’.
A day later the Red Devils, with Pogba named as a substitute, crashed out of the Champions League after a 3-2 defeat by Leipzig and Raiola came under fire from some supporters for the timing of his controversial comments.
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has dismissed claims that he destabilised Manchester United
But in an interview on Tuesday, he told BBC Sport: ‘I just expressed an opinion, I didn’t want to cause a problem.
‘The opinion was a very simple one, I don’t think it destabilised anybody because they had a fantastic run, they were first in the league for a period, so that’s all bulls**t.
“A player of 27, a big player like Pogba or Solskjaer, who has won everything in his life, really get destabilised by what Mino Raiola says? Wow, if I had this power FIFA wouldn’t exist anymore, that’s for sure.
“But I don’t talk about it anymore, it’s not the moment to talk about the market, it makes life a little bit boring but it is what it is.’
Pogba has been in inspired form since the news broke, helping United move up the table
He said: ‘Whenever I tell my opinion, everyone in England goes berserk, and I am the worst agent, or the best agent…and the clubs get so stressed from the public and journalists that I have learned not to talk much about it.’
Claims that Raiola earned £41m from Pogba’s world-record £89m transfer from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016 intensified criticism of agents.
But he insists the perception of greed and excess is unfair.
‘It’s not nice always to hear this same preconception,’ Raiola said.
Manchester United were beaten 3-2 by RB Leipzig in the Champions League last December
‘But maybe the public can also think: ‘If this man is so greedy and so bad, how are his players all happy and stay with him?’
‘I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me…how can you judge if I was a good agent for Ibrahimovic? The only one who can judge that is Ibra himself.
‘I don’t have power and influence… my job is to get the best deal done for my player. And no more than that. And doing that is to provide him with a whole range of services that people don’t even know.
‘My players don’t call me a parasite, and that’s who I work for. I only care what my players call me.’
The Red Devils, with Pogba named as a substitute, crashed out of the Champions League