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Mino Raiola details what he’s heard from inside Man Utd on Paul Pogba opinion

Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed what he has heard inside Manchester United about the club’s opinion on his client.

The Italian has been a thorn in the Red Devils’ side throughout the season over his midfielder’s future.

With a day to go to their Champions League-ending loss against RB Leipzig, the 53-year-old declared the No.6’s career at Old Trafford “over”.

While Raiola has been involved in contract talks as United look to extend Pogba’s stay, having returned from Juventus for £89m in 2016.

And the super-agent has given an insight into how the club really feel about their star man.

When asked by The Athletic if he believes the midfielder is under-appreciated, the Italian said: “Paul has fantastic appeal worldwide. I think that he should be appreciated overall.

“I heard from the club side that he is, at least, and from Solskjaer’s side. So that’s the only thing that matters.”

Raiola was the man who took Pogba away from Old Trafford in the 2012 at 19 years old after making seven senior appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson.

It led to fierce row between the legendary manager and the agent.

In his 2015 book, 'Leading', Ferguson wrote: "There are one or two football agents I simply do not like, and Mino Raiola is one of them. I distrusted him from the moment I met him.”

“When Ferguson criticised me, that was my biggest compliment anybody could give me. Ferguson is used to people coming in and, ‘Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir’,” Raiola added.

“All I have to say that when Ferguson left Manchester United the club’s owner (the Glazers), by buying back Paul Pogba, told me that I was right.

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  • “Because I didn’t want to take Paul Pogba away. He (Ferguson) didn’t believe in Paul Pogba.

    “So when Ferguson says, ‘I don’t like him’, it’s the biggest compliment that I could have. It’s like saying Sepp Blatter says, ‘I don’t like him’. Fantastic. I don’t care what Ferguson says.”

    Pogba has scored five goals and three assists this season to put United second in the Premier League and through to the Europa League quarter-finals.

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