Gary Neville has urged Manchester United to let Paul Pogba leave the club and never wants them to sign a player under his agent Mino Raiola again.
According to Raiola, Pogba is unhappy at Old Trafford and wishes to leave the club – despite the fact that the player himself insists he is ‘1000 per cent’ committed to United.
After the goalless Manchester derby draw, Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards said that Pogba wasn’t ‘feeling the love’ at United. He also feels that the team should have been built around the Frenchman.
Neville added that while Pogba’s performances hadn’t been the best, he hadn’t been helped with ‘negative stories’. The United legend also stated that the Frenchman has been ‘let down by the backroom staff’.
“The biggest players will get the biggest criticism. David De Gea has been absolutely battered in this last two or three years and I criticised him when he first came to the club when he was massively under scrutiny,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Mason Greenwood has been hammered in the last four or five months. Harry Maguire been criticised for not being the value he was bought at.
“Paul Pogba is simply the biggest signing, he’s a world champion. He won all those trophies at Juventus and there’s a large expectation around him.
“However, I can accept a player of that level not playing well. I can accept them even being a little bit down but it’s quite categoric his agent, his best friend has tried to get him out of this football club for the last 16 months.
Find an exit for Pogba
“Whether he’s been loved or not he doesn’t want to be here. You’ve got to find an exit for him, I’m not having a go at him. But he doesn’t want to play for Man United he wants to play for Real Madrid, Barca or another club of that ilk. They can’t sign another player with that agent (Raiola), enough is enough.’
Neville’s former team-mate Roy Keane added: “I remember thinking he was a great signing but it hasn’t worked out. David Beckham wanted to leave Man United, Peter Schmeichel wanted to leave Man United. If Pogba wants to leave let him leave.
“Pogba’s left Man United before and they have survived, if he leaves again they will survive, trust me.”
If United did follow Neville advice on Raiola they could have a big problem going forward.
Their top strike target Erling Braut Haaland is represented by the Italian, which could become interesting if the Red Devils make a move for the Norwegian hotshot.