Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming the former Manchester United boss “only likes those who obey him”.
Raiola was Pogba’s representative when the midfielder quit United in favour of a contract at Juventus in 2012, since when the France international has established himself as one of the world’s most in-demand players.
In the former United manager’s new book, Leading, Ferguson said he “distrusted” Raiola immediately, describing the pair’s first meeting as a “fiasco” because they were “like oil and water”.
Raiola has responded, insisting he sees Ferguson’s criticism as a positive.
“Those words don’t describe my work in a negative way,” he told Tuttosport. “I rate them as a proof that I am good at my job.
“I have to do what’s best for my players’ sake. If I had looked only at my immediate gain, I would have kept Pogba in Manchester.
“But I put Pogba’s interests first and we decided to go to Turin. Maybe Ferguson only likes those who obey him. From his quotes, I understand that Ferguson still doesn’t have a clue who Pogba really is.
“Ferguson was an excellent manager, but the greatest managers can be wrong sometimes.”