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Paul Pogba: Man Utd midfielder is not Solskjaer’s property, insists Raiola

By Harry Edwards

Published: 20:44, 17 February 2020

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has hit out at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming he has things to worry about other than the midfielder.

The Frenchman has long been linked with a move away from United, following reports of unhappiness first under Jose Mourinho and now with Solskjaer in charge.

Pogba has played just eight games this season as he suffers with injury problems, last featuring on Boxing Day – when he managed 45 minutes against Newcastle United.

Raiola takes on Solskjaer: Five things to know…

  • Paul Pogba has been linked with a move away from Manchester United this season.
  • The Frenchman featured just eight times due to injury concerns.
  • United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently hit out at Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claiming he doesn’t own the midfielder.
  • However, Raiola has hit back, insisting Solskjaer has other things to worry about.
  • Paul Pogba has two years remaining on his current United contract.

Frustration is starting to grow at Old Trafford, particularly surrounding Raiola with the super agent also linked with Erling Braut Haaland, whom United missed out on in the January transfer window.

In the build-up to United’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Monday night, Solskjaer hit out at Raiola and his management of Pogba.

“Paul is our player and not Mino’s,” Solskjaer said.

“I haven’t sat down and told Paul to tell his agent what to say. I’ve not spoken to Mino, that’s for sure.”

However, Raiola has not sat back and allowed Solskjaer’s comments to go unanswered. Instead, the agent hit back with a jibe of his own, saying Solskjaer has other things he should be focussing on.

“Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property,” Raiola wrote in a note posted on Twitter.

“Paul is Paul Pogba’s. You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else.

“I hope Solskjaer does not want to suggest that Paul is his prisoner. But before Solskjaer makes comments about things I say he should inform himself better about the content of what has been said.

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“I am a free citizen who can think and express my thoughts. Until now I was maybe too nice to him. Solskjaer should just remember things that he said in the summer to Paul.

“I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about.

“At least I was him I would.”

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