Saturday 25 January 2020

'Ashamed of what?' - Paul Pogba's agent hits back at critics as Solskjaer insists midfielder won't be sold

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) says Paul Pogba will not be leaving Manchester United next month (Richard Sellers/PA)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) says Paul Pogba will not be leaving Manchester United next month (Richard Sellers/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has insisted his star client will not push for a move away from Manchester United next month, as he suggested the Frenchman is still committed to the club.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Raiola spoke for Pogba in public once again as he suggested he will not try to force through a move to Real Madrid, despite firm interest from their head coach Zinedine Zidane.

"Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United," said Raiola. "Okay, there was big interest from Real Madrid and Manchester didn't let him go. We didn't make a fuss about it and he didn't make a fuss about it because I work in accordance with the player.

"You know other players can bring things to extreme but Paul doesn't like that. So you work differently. There was an interest from Real Madrid but they didn't let him go and I'm sorry, because I think that Paul being French then Zidane is an important factor in French football history."

Raiola also hit out at former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who he suggested has portrayed Pogba in a negative light in his comments on Sky Sports.

"Paul is not the guy I hear about from Neville and all the frustrated ex-players who say, 'he should be ashamed of this, ashamed of that'," Raiola added. "Ashamed of what? He is working every day and doing his best. He's not complaining there is no Champions League.

"Is he perfect? Nobody is. Is he also responsible for failure? He feels so. If you are in a team you are responsible for failure."

Meanwhile, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rejected suggestions that Pogba has played his last game for the club, as he insisted he would not be leaving Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

Pogba made it clear that he wanted to leave United last summer and he has not played a competitive game since September 30th, with injuries and now illness apparently ruling him out of action for an unspecified period.

While Solskjaer conceded he didn't know when his French World Cup winner would be ready to return, he was keen to dismiss reports in a UK newspaper on Friday morning suggesting the 26-year-old would leave United next month.

"He's not getting sold in January," stated Solskjaer. "When he comes back and plays well, with a smile on his face, he is a great player. Paul has been fantastic when he's played for us and we've got one of the best players in the world, when he plays, gets fit.

"Let's see how he feels, I'm not gonna push him, of course. What he feels, his ankle, we need him to be 100% fit. I can't risk any setbacks on injury. There are all these hypotheticals, I've just answered: he's not gonna go.

"He's not been training with us for long. He's training and that's a step forward for us. He's a fantastic player, a charismatic personality and for us, we're happy that he's here.

"It (the injury) was something that really needed sorting but I don't think I should give you all the medical information but he's now feeling good and getting better, it's worked."

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