Manchester United have a huge task ahead heading into tomorrow’s game with RB Leipzig.
The return of Paul Pogba to the side, and to form against West Ham, seemed to bring some optimism.
Then his agent Mino Raiola decided to pipe up. The Italian has a track record of making ill judged comments on his client’s future at a terrible time.
Raiola told Tuttosport that in his view Pogba has no future at United.
This has brought a visceral reaction from United fans, understandably so.
Raiola is a disgrace for coming out with this ahead of an important game.
Suddenly the fixture’s build up is dominated with discussion over Pogba’s future.
Whether he plays at all now becomes a bone of contention.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider axing Pogba from the squad entirely. And if he has a problem with it, he should direct him towards Raiola.
Pogba’s contract runs through until 2022. He either leaves in one of the upcoming transfer windows, or on a free in 18 months.
Raiola’s comments feel designed to get his client out, and he may get his wish.
United cannot carry on like this, it is not healthy to have a player who does not want to be at the club.
Even if Pogba’s comments himself appear fully committed, his agent undermines him, the manager, and the whole club.
We are approaching the point of no return, irrespective of Tuesday night’s result.
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