Man Utd icon Sir Alex Ferguson made mockery of Mino Raiola in Paul Pogba chat
Man Utd: What's going on with Raiola and Pogba?
Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson let Paul Pogba depart for free back in 2012. It’s an open secret the Scot loathed dealing with super-agent Mino Raiola, who still represents the France international now. And Antonio Cassano has now opened up on the feud between the pair.
United had Pogba in their academy nine years ago, believing the France international would become a significant member of the first team.
However, that didn’t happen with the midfielder instead leaving Old Trafford for Juventus.
Ferguson was furious at Pogba’s departure, believing the future World Cup winner had been coerced into leaving by Raiola.
And Cassano has now opened up on that saga, speaking to Bobo TV and claiming Ferguson made a mockery of Raiola.
“I know that when he still had to debut with Manchester United, Mino Raiola went to Ferguson asking him for a lot of money to get him to sign the contract,” said the former striker.
“Ferguson asked the agent if he knew what kind of player Pogba was, and Raiola replied by saying no.
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“He cared little, those were their requests and if they were not met they would go away. Without batting an eye, Ferguson ruled that Pogba could also go away.”
Of course, United re-signed Pogba from Juventus in 2012.
But Ferguson wasn’t happy with the midfielder’s exit and said he was ‘glad’ to be shot of the midfielder when speaking about the incident at the time.
“Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we’re aware,” he told MUTV.
“It’s a bit disappointing because I don’t think he showed us any respect at all.
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“To be honest, if they carry on that way, I’m quite happy that he’s away, from me, anyway.”
In his 2015 book, Leading, Ferguson opened up on Raiola and admitted he ‘simply did not like’ the super-agent for the way he conducted business.
“There are one or two football agents I simply do not like and Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba’s agent, is one of them,” he said.
“I distrusted him from the moment I met him.
“He became Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent while he was playing for Ajax, and eventually he would end up representing Pogba, who was only 18 years old at the time.
“We had Paul under a three-year contract, and it had a one-year renewal option which we were eager to sign.
“But Raiola suddenly appeared on the scene and our first meeting was a fiasco.
“He and I were like oil and water.
“From then on, our goose was cooked because Raiola had been able to ingratiate himself with Paul and his family and the player signed with Juventus.”
Pogba could feature when United face Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday.
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