‘Baffled’ Louis Saha hits out at Mino Raiola for ‘joke’ interview in which he revealed Paul Pogba would be leaving Man United… as he calls on star ‘with a lot of ego’ to ‘step up his game’ and help get season back on track after Champions League exit
- Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola announced the midfielder is set to leave the club
- Raiola’s bombshell news came just a day before United’s Champions League exit
- Louis Saha criticised the timing of Raiola’s interview before such a crucial game
- Former United striker Saha also claims Pogba needs to step up his game now
Louis Saha has slammed Mino Raiola for claiming Paul Pogba is set to leave Manchester United on the eve of an important Champions League game.
Super-agent Raiola, who represents the French midfielder, revealed that his client would be leaving Old Trafford one day before the Red Devils’ do-or-die group stage tie with RB Leipzig last week – which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team lost 3-2.
Saha revealed he was stunned by the Italian agent’s shock revelation but criticised the interview which ‘went against the interests’ of Manchester United.
Louis Saha (above) slammed agent Mino Raiola over his Paul Pogba exit comments last week
Raiola (left) held an interview saying his client Pogba (right) is set to leave Manchester United
The former French striker told GentingBet: ‘I’m baffled with the situation with Paul Pogba. I really love Pogba, he’s someone I consider highly, but this communication is a joke.
‘I was shocked and I can’t believe something like this happened because this (Leipzig) game was so important for United.
‘I’m not speaking as a fan, I’m speaking about Manchester United in general, you think that it’s a big game, going into the last 16. You need that focus, but the focus was on one player.
‘This is unbelievable, the headlines were about Pogba because of the agent – it wasn’t even Pogba who said anything. I can’t understand how these things can happen. This is absolutely against the interests of the club.’
The Pogba bombshell came a day before Man United’s Champions League group stage exit
Former United striker Saha, who played at Old Trafford for four years between 2004 and 2008, claimed Pogba could not have been aware his agent was going to drop that bombshell at the time he did.
The Manchester United midfielder has since responded to the reaction to his agent’s outburst, claiming he is ‘1,000 per cent involved’ with the Red Devils and hit out at critics who ‘don’t know what’s going on inside’.
Despite this defence, Saha has still called on fellow countryman Pogba to step up for the team and claims that the midfielder’s ego could be useful in turning United’s form around.
Pogba responded to claims he is not committed at United after Saturday’s derby with Man City
Saha continued: ‘I can’t believe that Paul knew about it, I just can’t believe it. We need to find out what happened as there might be more to it but the timing of it was really bad.
‘I still think that obviously Paul has got tremendous talent and is still a good player with a lot of ego, which is really helpful to actually prove people wrong, and this is what I want from him.
‘He definitely needs to step up his game because there is a team who need to win.’
Saha also backed current manager and former United team-mate Solskjaer despite recent form which has seen them fall behind in the top-four race and exit the Champions League at the group stages.
Saha claims that Pogba (above) needs to step up his game in order to improve United
Saha (right) also backed under-fire boss and former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left)
Saha claimed: ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is someone that I really appreciate and do think that he’s got the quality for Manchester United.
‘Maybe he’s not given the players themselves the help, or maybe he’s not challenging them enough? I don’t know, but there is something missing.
‘A team is built on foundations and something needs to be changed. Whatever it is, whether the structure of the club or maybe in terms of transfers, in terms of the academy, I don’t know.’
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