Mino Raiola hits back at Gary Neville with sarcastic dig after criticism over Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer and Paul Pogba saga at Manchester United
Feb. 18, 2020
Mino Raiola insists he couldn’t care less what Gary Neville thinks following criticism over his comments about Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba.
The super agent, who represents Pogba, hit out at Solskjaer on Twitter after the Red Devils manager said ‘Paul is our player and not Mino’s’.
It continues months of hostility between Raiola and Manchester United, which has centred mainly around Pogba’s future at the club, but also their failed pursuit of his client Erling Haaland.
And speaking before United’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea , Neville urged his former club to cut ties with Raiola.
He said: “It will end with Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United. What needs to happen is the club taking a stance on that agent. That agent has messed them around now for years with Pogba and other players.
“Why they allow themselves to be played by him I’ll never know. He’s a serious thorn in the side for them. Manchester United should just stand strong and say if you’re represented by him we won’t deal with you.”
Raiola joined Jim White on talkSPORT on Tuesday to defend himself following Neville’s comments, launching a sarcastic attack on the United legend and current part-owner of Salford City.
“Gary Neville has so much know-how about football,” Raiola said. “I’m surprised that his Salford City are not in the Premier League already.
“He should be on the board of directors at Man United and ask them for a job. I don’t care what Gary Neville says.”
Neville isn’t the only person to question Raiola’s comments and his overall behaviour – talkSPORT hosts White and Simon Jordan took a hard line of questioning , holding the agent to account for his methods.
However, Raiola maintained his right to represent his clients in whichever way he sees fit, regardless of what others might think.
“This is a strange way of questioning,” he said. “I wasn’t talking about Pogba in relation to Italy. An Italian journalist asked me if Pogba likes Italy and that’s it.
“The point is that ole said he is owned by Manchester United. I have a principle problem with that. He’s an employee. He’s not owned by Manchester United.
“Being employed by a club doesn’t mean that I can’t have an opinion or say something that I want to say.
“If you remember well, I never spoke about Ole in the press. He always speaks about me. Whether it’s about Haaland or Pogba’s injury.
“I have the right to represent my players the way I want, and if that doesn’t suit you, that’s your problem. I’m only interested in representing my players.”
Listen to the full 20-minute interview above.