Mino Raiola defends comments about Paul Pogba leaving Man Utd: 'I don't think I destabilised anyone'
Mino Raiola has dismissed suggestions his admission that Paul Pogba wanted to leave Manchester United had a destabilising effect on the club and insisted Erling Haaland is at the centre of a scramble among Europe’s top sides for his services.
United were left seething in December when Raiola declared that Pogba had no intention of signing a new contract and wanted to quit Old Trafford in an interview released 24 hours before the club’s crucial Champions League tie against RB Leipzig.
Raiola’s remarks drew criticism from former United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville among others but the agent was dismissive of any notion that his claims were damaging.
“I just expressed an opinion,” he said. “I didn't want to cause a problem and the opinion I expressed was a very very simple one.
“I don't think I destabilised anyone at the end because they [United] had a fantastic run and were even first [in the Premier League] for a period.
“Big players like Paul and [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer [the United manager], who has won big things in his life, …
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