Mino Raiola has caused a stir with his comments on Paul Pogba’s future ahead of United’s showdown in Leipzig.
Raiola told Tuttosport he intends for Pogba to leave United and will not be signing a new contract.
Timed 24 hours before United’s biggest game of the season, Raiola’s comments are particularly unhelpful.
They will be a distraction for Pogba as well as United. So who exactly do they benefit?
Here is a look at three people who do ‘win’ from Raiola’s declaration…
Everything which Mino Raiola does is self-serving. His comments are designed to benefit himself and his clients.
He wants to facilitate a transfer and take a large slice of commission to get even richer.
Raiola also thrives on controversy and publicity, and his comments were designed to get maximum attention. He has that now.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Unintentionally, Raiola has done manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a favour.
Solskjaer is under a little bit of pressure despite good league form. An exit from the Champions League would be a big black mark against him.
If United lose to Leipzig, attention will now be focused on Pogba and Raiola for providing the distraction to destabilise the squad.
The real criticism though should be directed towards Solskjaer, for his mismanagement of the Istanbul Basaksehir away tie, and his decision not to substitute Fred against PSG.
Raiola’s comments will deflect some of that scrutiny, and work to Solskjaer’s advantage.
Donny van de Beek
It seems likely then that Paul Pogba will be leaving United, leaving fans in need of a new midfield hero.
Donny van de Beek has already shown signs of being able to step into this role.
The Dutchman has the right attitude, wants to play, and will become even more of a fan favourite over the next few months.
If Pogba is sold in January, then Van de Beek’s prospects of game time increase substantially.
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