Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has slammed Mino Raiola as a ‘vile individual’ and has urged the club to cut all ties with him.
Raiola posted controversial comments on his social media in response to Solskjaer saying Paul Pogba ‘belonged’ to Manchester United.
As any rational person would surely understand, what Solskjaer meant was the contract for his playing registration was owned by United, but the controversial agent blew everything way out proportion with a series of posts online before the game against Chelsea.
The statements included :
“Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property, Paul is Paul Pogba’s.”
“I HOPE Solskjaer DO NOT WANT TO SUGGEST THAT PAUL IS HIS PRISONER.
“Before Solskjaer makes comments about things I say he should inform himself better about the content of what has been said. ⠀
“Until now I was maybe too nice to him. Solskjaer should just remember things that he said in the summer to Paul.
“I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about.”
The outburst inevitably attracted the required attention though not in sympathy for Raiola. In particular, his remark about Solskjaer’s job security was a particular low blow, considering how Pogba was backed in a row with the previous manager of the club.
And Parker believes that United need to end their working relationship with the agent as soon as possible; he also says that if he was in Pogba’s shoes, he’d have to apologise to Solskjaer.
“I would be totally embarrassed,” Parker said, exclusively on this week’s WeAreTheBusbyBoys podcast, “but we had that much respect for the manager that I would have to go and apologise to him. I’d be worried about how people would see me in football. I’d be concerned another club would look at it and think they wouldn’t want the hassle or wouldn’t want me in the long game.”
“Maybe Paul doesn’t care now because he thinks his ability speaks for itself but wherever he goes next, every supporter is going to be wary of him. The staff won’t trust him. Worst of all, other players won’t be able to trust him.”
Parker believe the relationship is irreparable and that the best course of action is to ensure Raiola has no links to Old Trafford in future.
“We call him a guardian. But cut your losses. Take what you can get,” he says. “Manchester United will be better off without him and his guardian. Anybody who wants to work with his guardian, get them out of the club as well. You don’t need that vile individual around the biggest club in the world.”