Agent Mino Raiola says he doesn’t “give a f*ck” if he never takes another player to Manchester United.
Raiola has come in for criticism on numerous occasions. Two of the controversial Italians clients are Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland. Pogba is at Old Trafford for a second spell after Raiola negotiated his return in 2016. While Haaland is a man wanted at United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to be reunited with the Norwegian in January 2020. Raiola’s demands were believed to be the reason why a move to United fell through.
Haaland recently spoke up for Raiola. “[He’s] The best agent in the world. He is a nice man,” was the striker’s simple reply. But Raiola’s outspoken views have upset United officials in the past.
He has made numerous controversial comments surrounding Pogba’s time at Old Trafford. Often going public, he recently said Pogba was “unhappy” at Man Utd, while he also claimed that Pogba’s time at the Red Devils was “over”.
Raiola told The Athletic: “With Mr Ferguson or [Pep] Guardiola, I have this problem — and I think that it is changing now — that (they believe) we should submit to them because ‘otherwise, tomorrow, you don’t do a player with Manchester United’.
“I don’t give a f*ck if I never do another player with Manchester United. I’m not in their hands. I’m independent. We have only one party that we take care of: our players. And as long as our players like us, you do what you have to do.”
Elaborating on Pogba’s time in England, he was asked whether the France star was under-appreciated in England, Raiola said: “It depends if you mean appreciated by the fans or by the professionals in the game. Because if you mean the professionals, I talk to a lot of sporting directors, managers, trainers and he is widely appreciated.
Pogba has ‘fantastic appeal worldwide’
“I always say there is only one truth in everything. It’s not what I think, it’s not what you think, it’s what the market thinks. So the day that Paul Pogba doesn’t have a club anymore, then he would not be appreciated or under-appreciated.
“But today, if somebody asks me, ‘Can you find a club for Paul?’ I could take my nephew of five (years old) and find a club for Paul at a high level.
“Again, 50 per cent of people like you, 50 per cent hate you. But Paul has fantastic appeal worldwide. Maybe the bother with the big transfer, the strange story of going away for free and then coming back for that money, was something that people were not used to. Maybe that haunted him for a little bit of time.
“But I think that he should be appreciated overall. I heard from the club side that he is, at least, and from Solskjaer’s side. So that’s the only thing that matters.”