In the wake of Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola’s comment that the French midfielder is done with Manchester United, former Manchester United forward Dimitir Berbatov has termed the situation as embarrassing. Just hours before RB Leipzig sent Manchester United to the Europa League, Raiola declared that his client’s future at the club is ‘over’.
‘Mino Raiola’s comments about Paul Pogba being unhappy were very poorly timed, right before a massive match in the Champions League,’ Berbatov said.
‘That isn’t ideal and I’m sure it would have been felt in the dressing room before the game.
‘I don’t think Pogba would have known what Raiola was about to say, which is embarrassing for the player. At the end of the day the agent is working for the player, so the agent should do what the player tells him, it doesn’t matter who you are – you work for the player.
‘It was the wrong way to do things, it created a big fuss which was totally unnecessary before a match. On the other hand, if Pogba did tell his agent to say those things then it’s obvious that something isn’t quite right.
Pogba returned to his former club, Manchester United from Juventus in 2016, on a five-year contract for a then-record for highest football transfer fee at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million in the much celebrated ‘Pogback’ deal.