Raiola rampage continues with Gary Neville next in agent’s firing line

Date published: Tuesday 18th February 2020 1:47

Mino Raiola has taken a swipe at Gary Neville after the pundit criticised the agent for his comments on Paul Pogba and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Raiola is involved in a war of words with United for fuelling talk of Pogba’s exit from Old Trafford by explaining the Frenchman’s love for Italy.

Those comments led to Solskjaer insisting that Raiola’s influence was limited given that Pogba is a United player, before Raiola took issue with the manager’s response in a Twitter rant.

Neville then had his say, defending Solskjaer and telling United to ditch their association with Raiola.

Raiola has since been given air time on talkSPORT, where he hit back at Neville for his response.

The agent said: “Gary Neville has such a big know-how of football that I’m surprised his Salford City is not in the Premier League already.

“He should maybe be on the board of directors at Manchester United. Maybe he should ask them for a job.

“I don’t care what Gary Neville says.”

Raiola was also asked to clarify his comments about Pogba’s affinity with Italy, as well as his Twitter rant about Solskjaer.

“I thought that what Solskjaer said was out of line. Obviously he took apart sentences for an interview of mine and acted offended that I’d offered Paul Pogba to clubs without permission or whatever,” he said.

 

“But I was asked if Paul would fancy Italy. He has a second house. That’s not the case now. He’s concentrated on Manchester United, getting back in the team as soon as possible and having a great end to the season.”

Pogba is currently sidelined with a foot injury but is closing in on a return to action, having posted regular updates on social media of his recovery.

United closed the gap to the top four to three points with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Headed goals in either half from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire gave the Red Devils the win, with Club Brugge in the Europa League up next for Solskjaer on Thursday.

Read more: Solskjaer’s reaction from Stamford Bridge

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