Mino Raiola says claims he destablished Manchester United after telling Paul Pogba’s time at the club was “over” are “bulls**t”.
The agent gave an interview in Italy on the eve of United’s final Champions League group game at RB Leipzig in which he said the club should sell Pogba this summer and the midfielder “has to change teams”.
A day later United crashed out of the Champions League after a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig and Raiola was in the firing line for his disruptive and provocative comments about his client.
But since then Pogba has produced his best spell of form for United in two years until picking up a recent injury, a run which coincided with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side briefly hitting the top of the Premier League.
Raiola insists that is proof that his comments didn’t rock the boat at the club and he believes Pogba and Solskjaer are too experienced to have become distracted by them.
“After that they had the best period of the season so the facts don’t say that,” he told BBC Sport after being asked if he had destabilised the club.
“I saw what happened and that’s why in Italy I gave an interview 10 days ago and now I don’t want to talk about it anymore, I keep my opinion to myself and my players and the press get my normal answer ‘I don’t know, I don’t talk about [the] market’.
“I just expressed an opinion, I didn’t want to cause a problem. The opinion was a very simple one, I don’t think it destabilised anybody because they had a fantastic run, they were first in the league for a period, so that’s all bulls**t.
“A player of 27, a big player like Pogba or Solskjaer, who has won everything in his life, really get destabilised by what Mino Raiola says? Wow, if I had this power FIFA wouldn’t exist anymore, that’s for sure.
“But I don’t talk about it anymore, it’s not the moment to talk about the market, it makes life a little bit boring but it is what it is.