Every word said as Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes disagree over Paul Pogba

Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have shared their views over the future of Paul Pogba with the pair disagreeing over how Manchester United should handle the situation.

Pogba capped an impressive display with a goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win at West Ham. After the game, Pogba spoke about the need to stay focused on the crunch RB Leipzig clash and derby against Manchester City.

It was exactly the sort of professionalism United would expect from their record signing.

But the build-up to Tuesday’s key Group H encounter in Germany was dominated once again by Pogba’s Old Trafford future. That’s after Raiola claimed his unhappy client would not sign a new deal and wanted to leave.

The France international came off the bench against Leipzig and almost inspired a comeback. Sadly for United, it was too little, too late. The  3-2 defeat means United will be playing Europa League football whether the midfielder is there or not.

Solskjaer was left to reflect on where it all went wrong for United after they finished third in their group with nine points.

But of course the question of Raiola’s comments also came up, prompting a dignified response from Solskjaer.

However, Ferdinand and Scholes have both been left angered by the saga. Indeed, the two former teammates both have differing views over how United should handle the situation.

Here’s the full transcript….

Rio Ferdinand: “I think the timing is disgusting from a player’s agent, an important player at the club’s agent.

“But I’m going to shift the focus more to Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ed Woodward probably as well. How are you allowing an agent to come in and talk like this? This isn’t the first time.

“You nip it in the bud the first time does it. Now this isn’t the first time Mino Raiola has spoken like this about a player with a negative focus on Manchester United. You nip that in the bud the first time he does it.

“I was at United when Wayne Rooney was talking about a contract. We were all there, he was talking about leaving Manchester United.

“Sir Alex Ferguson went into the media straight away. He said, ‘listen, he’s being advised badly by his agent and this will not happen again. I’m going to nip it in the bud’.

“A couple of days later, Wayne Rooney signs a new contract. If you don’t nip these things in the bud…

“Van de Beek comes in, doesn’t play, after the first month his agent is out there speaking in the media. How is this happening?”

Paul Scholes: “Rio, I don’t think the club have to respond to that.”

Ferdinand: “Why not? So every player that comes into the club, the agent are going to be sitting there chatting.”

Scholes: “Why give the agents the time of day? Paul Pogba is the problem. Paul pays this man to represent him.”

Ferdinand: “I agree with you.”

Scholes: “Now he represents him badly because Paul is a good lad.

“Everybody looking from the outside, because of his agent. They’ll think he’s a bad lad, they’ll think he’s trouble in the dressing room. He isn’t.

“There’s two options I think Paul has – he either tells him to shut up or he sacks him.”

Ferdinand: “I agree with that, but what I’m saying to you, Man Utd should be taking it out. They shouldn’t be waiting for a player to talk.”

Scholes: “Man Utd have got enough on their plate trying to get the team to where they want to be.”

Ferdinand: “And they’re being destabilised by an agent and they’re allowing it.”

Scholes: “Well they should be destabilised. What destabilises them?”

Ferdinand: “Well why are we talking about now? Before their most important game of the season?”

Scholes: “It destabilises us and fans, I don’t think the team is destabilised. Do you think if you were in the team today you’d be bothered by it?”

Ferdinand: “So when we were in the team and Wayne Rooney is talking about going to Chelsea or Man City, I don’t want that. I don’t need that in the public domain.”

Scholes: “You don’t want it but I don’t think it affects you, does it?”

Ferdinand: “But it’s pressure you don’t need.”

Owen Hargreaves unhappy with Raiola

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Owen Hargreaves: “You know what the biggest problem with all this is? The only person that’s gained out of this whole transaction is the agent.

“Manchester United haven’t got the Paul Pogba they anticipated. Paul Pogba’s stock isn’t at the level that they paid £90million for.

“Both of them are in a worse off position but Raiola, he’s supposedly got £20m or £30m for this transaction. Then on top of that he’s going to be critical and say his player needs to get out of there? That’s impossible.

“Scholesy’s right.”

Ferdinand: “I agree but if I’m a player, you control the agent.

“I agree 100% with you, I’d be saying, ‘shut up, what are you talking about, don’t speak on my behalf and make me look bad’.

“But what I’m saying is, take that out of it, if you’re at Manchester United, own that situation. Don’t let yourselves be dictated to and be controlled in that situation.

“You can’t allow this to happen. Because every player that comes in, the player’s not playing or the player is disgruntled, his agent is going to be in the paper talking. That’s disrespectful. Don’t have it.”


‘Raiola affects media and journalism’

Hargreaves: “Look, I don’t disagree, but we’re here talking about one of the biggest games for Manchester United in a long time. And we’re talking about the agents. I think it’s crazy.”

Scholes: “It affects media and journalism and fans to some capacity, but I don’t think it’ll affect the game tonight.”

Ferdinand: “I agree but it affects the mood at the club. You want the club to have a good outlook, you want the club to be seen in a good light.

“The more Man Utd allow this stuff to happen, the more Man Utd is under a certain amount of a cloud.”

Scholes: “The only way to sort this is to get rid of both of them.”

Hargreaves: “Scholesy, what would you think if you were looking across the dressing room and that agents’ player was sitting next to you before a game of this magnitude? You’d be looking at them a bit funny.”

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Scholes wants Maguire to have a word

Scholes: “It probably takes a leader in the dressing room. Probably Harry Maguire should be pulling him to one side saying, ‘look, ring your agent on the way home, tell him to shut up or sack him’.”

Ferdinand: “Wijnaldum, yeah? Important player at Liverpool. Wasn’t playing earlier in the season, he’s got a new contract maybe being negotiated or not.

“You don’t see his agent coming out and speaking as he knows. His agent would get slapped down by Klopp.”

Scholes: “You don’t see anybody’s agent coming out, it’s only this guy.”

Ferdinand: “He’s allowed to!”

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