LONDON: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United, fired back at Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola after he said his client at Old Trafford was “unhappy” and should leave the club.
In an interview with Tuttosport, Raiola said that in the next transfer window, the best solution was for United to sell the French midfielder. In June 2022, Pogba’s new contract expires.
Pogba, who joined Juventus in 2016, appeared this season in eight Premier League games, starting just five.
On Tuesday, he started United’s 3-2 Champions League loss on the bench by RB Leipzig, a result that saw them leave the elite club competition in Europe in the group stage.
“Solskjaer told reporters, “As soon as Paul’s agent understands that this is a team sport, and we work together the better, and that might be the last thing I’m going to say about that.
In the context, what we’re talking about is something. I can no longer talk about Paul’s handler.
“Paul is focused on doing his best for the team and when he’s here he just needs to focus on his performances when he’s working hard in training.”
Solskjaer declined to speak about his intentions for the forthcoming transfer windows, with Pogba only having 18 months remaining on his current contract.
He said that last month’s defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir was the “great turning point” in their failed European campaign.
“You can’t say, of course, that we were good enough; we weren’t good enough of course, in a difficult group,” Solskjaer said.
In this party, we started really well and obviously the big turning point or the big defeat for us was one away from Istanbul. That’s the one you’re looking back on and saying that’s where we missed the points we were supposed to have had.