Saturday 18 November 2017

'He had a bad agent, a s**tbag' - Alex Ferguson blasts Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola in talk with Sale

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson called Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola a 's**tbag' during a recent talk with English rugby side Sale Sharks.

Ferguson spoke to the Sharks as they start to prepare for the launch of their 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season in September, with Springbok international Brian Mujati taking the opportunity to ask Ferguson how a player like Pogba, who famously left United in 2012 for Juventus, only to return last year for a world record fee of  €105 million, slipped through the cracks at the club.

Ferguson has stated several times in the past that Raiola was reportedly the driving force in Pogba's transfer to Turin and he was just as blunt five years later when speaking to Mujati.

"Paul Pogba?" Ferguson said to Mujati on his Life of Brian video blog.

"Let me tell you about Paul Pogba. He just had a bad agent. A s**tbag!"

"Paul Pogba was well known to us. We knew he was a good player. He's still a good player."

In May, FIFA asked for clarification on all aspects of Pogba's move to Old Trafford last summer.

Manchester United were cleared of breaching any rules over Pogba's transfer from Juventus but FIFA still opened disciplinary proceedings against the Italian club.

The decision to open an investigation was believed to be linked to newspaper claims that agent Raiola earned £41million from the deal that took the France international to Manchester.

United insisted they had done nothing wrong at the time, with a spokesman saying: 'We don't comment on contracts, FIFA have had the documents since the transfer was completed last August."

FIFA confirmed United would face no action although Juventus are now the subject of further action.

A FIFA spokesman said: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing.

"We can confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United."

*Additional reporting by Press Association

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