‘I’ve always fought and will always fight for Manchester United… that will never change’: Paul Pogba speaks out about his future for the first time since Mino Raiola’s comments as he tells critics ‘when you don’t know what’s going on inside don’t talk’
- Mino Raiola claimed that Paul Pogba’s time at Manchester United was ‘over’
- Pogba and Raiola both faced criticism for the timing of the Tuttosport interview
- Pogba started his second straight top-flight game in the Manchester derby
- Posting on Instagram he has spoken out for the first time since the comments
Paul Pogba has issued a passionate statement on his Instagram account, reaffirming his commitment to Manchester United.
The France international was back in the side for the 0-0 draw with Manchester City, after coming off the bench to good effect at RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek.
That match came a day after his agent Mino Raiola had suggested his client’s future lies away from Old Trafford in an interview in the Italian media.
Paul Pogba has insisted he is ‘1000 per cent’ involved in Manchester United’s project
His agent Mino Raiola claimed earlier this week that Pogba’s time at Old Trafford was ‘over’
But the 27-year-old has now taken to Instagram to address his future and insists that people should not talk when they don’t know what is going on behind closed doors.
‘I’ve always fought and will always fight for @manchesterunited, my teammates and the fans,’ Pogba wrote.
‘Bla bla is not important. The future is far, today is what matters and I am 1000% involved! Always strong together.. all has been clear between the club and myself and that will never change.
‘When you don’t know what’s going on inside don’t talk #SpeakTheTruthOrRemainSilent #united #talktothehand.’
But speaking out on Instagram, Pogba insisted that there is clarity between him and the club
Pogba started his second successive Premier League match in the Manchester derby draw
Pogba started a second straight Premier League game in their drab Manchester derby draw against City.
But a spot in the initial XI came after both he and Raiola had faced criticism for the timing of the interview, with some of the Tuttosport interview coming out on Monday before the full interview was released a day later.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the comments from Raiola had not affected his side despite their group-stage Champions League exit in the wake of defeat in Germany.
And the Norwegian appeared keen to put the matter to bed ahead of Saturday’s stalemate with Pep Guardiola’s men.
The start came after coming off the bench to good effect at RB Leipzig in midweek
‘I think I said during the week that this is a team game and Paul is part of this team. He’s very focused on contributing when he’s here,’ Solskjaer said.
‘He’s got the hunger and appetite to play and wants to play. He wants to train and he trains. There have been other players refusing to train and refusing to play – they’re not here anymore of course – but Paul’s not once done that.
‘He’s just focused on performing when he gets a chance. That’s the good thing about Paul. He’s got the quality and the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig.’
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to put the matter to bed ahead of the game
However, former United right-back Gary Neville – commenting before Pogba released his post – insists that the club should cut ties with the former Juventus star.
After the Manchester derby, he said: ‘The biggest players will get the biggest criticism. David De Gea has been absolutely battered in this last two or three years and I criticised him when he first came to the club when he was massively under scrutiny.
‘Mason Greenwood has been hammered in the last four or five months, Harry Maguire been criticised for not being the value he was bought at.
However, former United right-back Gary Neville should cut ties with the former Juventus star
‘Paul Pogba is simply the biggest signing, he’s a world champion, won all those trophies at Juventus and there’s a large expectation around him.
‘However, I can accept a player of that level not playing well. I can accept them even being a little bit down but it’s quite categoric his agent, his best friend has tried to get him out of this football club for the last 16 months.
‘Whether he’s been loved or not he doesn’t want to be here. You’ve got to find an exit for him, I’m not having a go at him but he doesn’t want to play for Man United he wants to play for Real Madrid, Barca or another club of that ilk. They can’t sign another player with that agent (Raiola), enough is enough.’
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