Gary Neville has called on Manchester United to cut ties with Mino Raiola following the agent’s continued outbursts about Paul Pogba.
Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for months but the speculation surrounding his future has been fuelled by Raiola, who has continued to tease the possibility of his client leaving.
The agent claimed last summer that Real Madrid were close to an agreement with Pogba while more recently, he explained his client’s love for Italy after his successful spell with Juventus.
Those comments have sparked something of a war of words between Raiola and Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who responded by insisting that Pogba was a United player.
Raiola then posted a rant about Pogba and Solskjaer on Twitter during United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday night, after which Neville spoke to Sky Sports about the situation.
Neville said: “It will end in Pogba leaving Manchester United.
“What the club need to do is make a stance on that agent. He has messed them around for years with Pogba and others. Why they allow themselves to be played I will never know.
“He is a serious thorn in the side for them. United should stand strong and not do business with him and tell players if they are represented by him we won’t do deals with you.'”
Neville then defended Solskjaer’s comments, insisting that Raiola’s game was to stir up further speculation about his client.
“Raiola is publicly trying to embarrass the club all the time. At the end of the day he is defending his player but what Solskjaer definitely wasn’t was aggressive.
“He was saying they spent £90m on a player and they want him to stay at the club and play well.
“He wasn’t claiming ownership but Raiola wants to create situations where Pogba is out of the club and Raiola wants his next pay day.
“He has made tens of millions off of him and will continue to do so. He is the golden egg of Mino.”
United’s victory over Chelsea came courtesy of headed goals in either half from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire as the Red Devils closed the gap on the top four to three points.
There are now just five points separating fourth and ninth in the Premier League table.