The ex-Red Devils defender accepts that a World Cup winner has been looking for a move, but feels his representative has gone about things in the wrong way
Paul Pogba “wants to leave” Manchester United, admits Gary Neville, but his agent, Mino Raiola, has been considered to be a “disgrace” and the kind of figure that the Red Devils should refuse to work with.
The World Cup-winning midfielder remains on the books at OId Trafford for now despite admitting over the summer that he felt ready for a new challenge.
Talk of interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus refuses to go away, though, and more speculation has been expected to surface in future transfer windows.
Much of that will be sparked by Raiola, with the so-called ‘super agent’ eager to find another big stage for his client.
Former United defender Neville can appreciate that the 26-year-old may be looking for a way out, but feels those working for him need to go about their business in a more respectful manner.
He told Norwegian media outlet TV2: “He wants to leave. He has made it clear.
“His agent has been a disgrace and has been a disgrace all over Europe – not just for Manchester United. They must stop working with him.”
Pogba has been tied to a contract at United that has been due to run until 2021, with the club having the option to trigger a 12-month extension beyond that.
Raiola has been, however, expected to continue pushing for a switch elsewhere.
He works with some of the biggest names in world football, including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli, but Neville has been not a fan of his methods.
The ex-England international added on the Italian: “He doesn’t have the values you want in your club.
“My opinion has been that Manchester United need not negotiate with him. He will try to fix a transfer for his soccer professional, and will try to take part of the transfer sum himself. That’s how he operates.
“For Manchester United, it’s devastating. He [Pogba] has been one of the best and most famous players in the world, but every week there are new issues.
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“There has been always controversy. It’s probably not his own fault, but the fact has been that it has been devastating for a club.
“That’s why Sir Alex Ferguson was at times clinical when he got rid of players. They were devastating.
“In a football club, everyone has to go in the same direction.”