Paul Pogba has one issue in his Manchester United career and that is Mino Raiola

Before you summon the pitchforks and call me Graeme Souness (I can’t even bear to write his name down), I’d like you all to know that I think Paul Pogba is undoubtedly the best midfielder in the Premier League right now and has the potential to become the best in the world. I personally couldn’t care less what Pogba wears, what he dances to or what his hair looks like, my judgment of Pogba is down to one thing and one thing alone, his performance on the pitch.

Since Pogba’s renaissance, he has been in unstoppable form scoring six goals and assisting another four since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s been at the wheel. Mind you, still some way to go before some sections of the Manchester United fan base forgive him for seemingly downing his tools in Jose Mourinho’s last (half) season at the helm, but he’s slowly getting there or for his ‘Caption This’ tweet a few minutes after Mourinho’s sacking was announced in the media.

That, however, is the past, looking at Pogba’s future at United and it seems to bright one with nothing keeping him from showing his true ability, well unless his agent doesn’t cause any issues or unnecessary drama. Mino Raiola, a name synonymous with some of football’s biggest names including Manchester United’s former Swedish hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mario Balotelli, promising goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and many more.

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Whilst he’s trusted and loved by his players, it’s safe to say he doesn’t share the same relationship with the United faithful or Sir Alex Ferguson with the latter going on to say “There are one or two football agents I simply do not like and Mino Raiola is one of them,” about the agent.

Raiola hasn’t helped his reputation with United fans, especially last season when Pep Guardiola (another manager continuously feuding with the agent) revealed that Raiola allegedly offered Pogba to him, Raiola didn’t deny this by going on to say; “I offer players not to him but to Manchester City.”

Earlier this season Raiola decided to attack Paul Scholes after Scholes criticised Pogba after United’s defeat to Brighton, Raiola went on to say in a tweet that “Some people need to talk for fear of being forgotten. Paul Scholes wouldn’t recognise a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill.” It’s safe to say that after offering Pogba to City and attacking a club legend, Raiola has the same place Carlos Tevez does in the United faithful’s hearts.

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This, however, isn’t the first time that Raiola has provoked the ire of one of his client’s club and their fans after Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract renewal issues got to a stage where AC Milan fans turned on the player and the agent and jeered the young goalkeeper on the pitch.

It’s highly unlikely that Pogba would part ways with Raiola, in fact, I’m more inclined to think that he’d sooner part ways with the club rather than his agent, however, his recent comments about United’s history; “Manchester United is the biggest club in England, that’s for sure. When you ask the players ‘when you come to England who do you want to play for?’ they all have the same answer,” are more than welcome and could be a sign of the player’s loyalty to the club.

Pogba’s contract at Manchester United expires in 2021, if he does see it out, it’s renewal will undoubtedly come down to the nod of one man; Mino Raiola, it will be interesting to see if Pogba does put loyalty to the club first or move on. Without a doubt, the United faithful will hope he stays on and sees the rest of his career out the club without Mino Raiola causing unnecessary drama and hassle as his agent and who can blame them?

Written by John Grech

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