‘This can be a staff sport’


Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit again at Mino Raiola by reminding Paul Pogba’s agent that soccer “is a staff sport.”

Raiola introduced on Monday that Pogba won’t signal a contract extension and needs to depart Previous Trafford — 24 hours earlier than the essential conflict with RB Leipzig that United misplaced 3-2 to crash out of the Champions League.

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Rio Ferdinand branded the timing of Raiola’s feedback “disgusting” earlier than Solskjaer used his postmatch information convention to vent his frustration at Pogba’s consultant.

“As quickly as Paul’s agent realises it is a staff sport and we work collectively the higher and that is perhaps the very last thing I am going to say on that,” mentioned Solskjaer.

“What we talk about within the background is one thing. I am not going to speak about Paul’s agent anymore.”

In his interview with Tuttosport, Raiola demanded United promote Pogba, who was left on the bench in opposition to Leipzig, both in January or on the finish of the season as a result of the 27-year-old is “sad” on the membership he joined for a world file price in 2016.

The Frenchman nonetheless has 18 months left on his present deal and Solskjaer was in no temper to speak about his switch plans after seeing his staff eradicated from the Champions League in Germany.

“You’ve got to ask Paul if he’s completely satisfied or sad,” Solskjaer informed BT Sport. “He’s centered on doing his greatest for the staff. Now just isn’t the time to debate transfers.”

Earlier than the match, Solskjaer mentioned his choice to drop Pogba to the bench forward of the loss to Leipzig as purely tactical and had nothing to do with Raiola’s feedback.

“My choice tonight is clearly tactical,” Solskjaer informed BT Sport forward of kickoff. “The choice was made means earlier than this recreation as a result of we selected Scott [McTominay] and Nemanja [Matic] in midfield earlier than we performed West Ham. We all the time take into consideration the staff.”

Raiola’s feedback overshadowed the build-up to an enormous week for United, who play Manchester Metropolis on Saturday, 4 days after they misplaced the make-or-break tie with Leipzig.

However requested what have an effect on the storm has had on preparations, Solskjaer replied: “Nothing. For me, we put together for each single recreation as if it is your final. We have Metropolis on Saturday however that does not matter. The preparation has been good.”

Pogba was introduced on within the sixtieth minute of United’s loss, which noticed them exit the competitors within the group stage to arrange a return to the Europa League subsequent marketing campaign as third-place finishers of their group.



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