Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is primed for talks with midfielder Paul Pogba regarding the divisive comments recently made by his agent, Mino Raiola.
Raiola—who has also served as agent to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku in the past—held an interview with La Repubblica (via Goal) and criticised United for their treatment of Pogba, suggesting his client should leave and that he won’t bring more of his clients to Old Trafford.
When asked at a recent press conference whether agents should comment about clubs or give their opinion on such matters, Solskjaer replied:
"No. I can speak to Paul about it. I don't think I should talk to - or about - agents that talk about us. But Paul is our player and agents are hired by players - not the opposite way around. It is not agents' players, it is our players."
Pogba won’t be a part of the team that travels to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. The Frenchman is expected to miss around one month following a recurrence of the same ankle injury that’s plagued him for much of this season.
The 26-year-old has made only eight first-team appearances this season after being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid over the summer. It’s widely believed the playmaker may not be long for the Theatre of Dreams and could leave United for a second time in 2020.
Pogba has a contract with the Premier League giants until 2021, with the option of an additional year, though the fallout with Raiola will only increase the chance of an earlier split.