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Pogba’s agent hits back at critics, dares Man United to sell Pogba


Mino Railoa, the agent of Paul Pogba, has emptied a can of gas onto the already-raging inferno that is Manchester United, daring the club to sell his superstar client if anyone around the club is unhappy with his performances.

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Raiola’s comments came Tuesday morning, in the wake of harsh — but fair — criticism over Pogba’s performance in Man United’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. United legend Paul Scholes merely echoed much of what the 25-year-old Red Devils captain said of himself and his teammates during post-game interviews.

“There’s a lack of leaders in the team. We thought Paul Pogba might be the ideal candidate to be that leader, but he wasn’t there today. He had another really poor game. He’s so inconsistent.

“Pogba’s playing the ball out of play, he’s overhitting passes, he’s hitting passes short, he’s getting caught in possession.

Still, it didn’t sit well with Raiola, thus he launched a Twitter attack early Tuesday morning, facetiously advising Scholes to “become United’s sports director and advise [chief executive Ed] Woodward to sell Pogba.”

The reality is, of course, that every time Pogba completes a transfer, Raiola pockets a massive windfall of cash. It was reported that he received a $29-million agent’s fee following the Frenchman’s move from Juventus to United in the summer of 2016.

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Gary Neville and Mike Phelan, Scholes’ former teammate and assistant manager, respectively, wasted little time in hitting back at Raiola. Jose Mourinho, who spent the latter part of the summer criticizing Pogba — and plenty of his teammates — has not yet weighed in on Raiola’s comments, but his response will undoubtedly arrive in short order.

The five-alarm fire burns brighter and hotter than ever before.

Scholes: Pogba didn’t earn Man United spot in 2012 before Juve stint

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Paul Pogba‘s young career has been bright, but a former Manchester United legend suggests that there was a time where the Frenchman struggled to find his way at Old Trafford.

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The 24-year-old Pogba is now in his second stint with the Red Devils, after spending four seasons in Italy with giants Juventus.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes says though that back in 2012 — prior to Pogba’s move to Juve — that the physical player wasn’t pleased with the fact that he wasn’t getting regular minutes with the first team.

“Ferguson wanted me initially to come back and coach the reserve team with Warren Joyce,” he told BT Sport. “I said in September I’d come back. So I started helping Joycey, and I was training with the reserves.

“I was training every day with the likes of Pogba, Lingard, all these types of players. They were a really good side and I was really enjoying training. I was getting fit, I felt great, and it got to December time and the team was struggling a bit.

“They had a load of injuries, no central midfield players were fit. They ended up playing Phil Jones and Fabio da Silva in central midfield in a game against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

“Funnily enough that was the end of Pogba, because he thought he should have been playing instead of them. But he wasn’t doing well enough.”

Scholes, who had retired briefly in 2011, came back after just six months for the Red Devils, and ended up playing a year-and-a-half more following the decision to end his playing career.

It is widely believed that Pogba’s decision to head to Juventus was largely due to the impact of Scholes in the United squad.

Scholes: Pogba “nowhere near worth” rumored Man United transfer fee

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If a player is only worth what a club is willing to pay them, then aren’t they also worth a price at the top of the pay scale, as long as a club is willing to pay it?

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes doesn’t think so, at least not in the case of Paul Pogba, the highly-sought Juventus (and former Man United, which he left for free) midfielder. Rumored to be the subject of $113-million bid by the Red Devils, Pogba’s footballing future remains a question, though an answer will have to be realized in the coming days and/or weeks, as the 2016-17 Premier League season kicks off 21 days from today.

That’s a price that, according to Scholes, should be reserved for “someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi” — quotes from the Guardian:

“He was a very talented young player, I played with him and I knew how good he was. He played for the first team maybe once or twice, but from my understanding he was asking for too much money [when he left in 2012].

“For his age, he was asking for far too much money, for a player who hasn’t played first-team football. OK, he has gone on to great things. I think certainly there has been a lot of improvement. He needed to improve if he is going to be a player worth £86m.”

While United may have to pay closer to [$131 million], Scholes added: “I just don’t think he is worth [$86 million]. For that sort of money, you want someone who is going to score 50 goals a season like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is nowhere worth that kind of money yet.

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On Scholes’ assertion that Pogba was asking “for far too much money”: United have finished 7th, 4th and 5th in the last three PL seasons, while in that same time Pogba has gone on to become on of the top five players in the world; meanwhile, none of the world’s 20 best (or is it 50?) players currently play for United. It would have been a risk to pay a 19-year-old with three first-team appearances like a seasoned veteran, to be sure, but so much of succeeding at the top level of the sport is down to hitting pay dirt on exactly that kind of calculated risk. If everyone plays it by the book, no one’s ever going to get ahead.

On Scholes’ obviously fear he may no longer be United’s greatest “Paul”: It’s OK, Scholesy, it’ll be terribly difficult to top in 10 years what you achieved in 18.

Report: Beckham eyes superstar ex-teammates to coach Miami MLS team

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David Beckham has a vision — a might big vision — for his forthcoming Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

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Not content with chasing global superstars to perform on the field — Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, anyone? — Beckham also apparently wants a former superstar teammate and/or Galactico to lead his Miami team into its inaugural campaign … whenever that might actually be.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Beckham has already considered former Manchester United pal Paul Scholes, as well as former Real Madrid teammate Roberto Carlos, for the yet-to-actually-exist head-coaching job.

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Scholes is said to have been ruled out by Beckham and Co., given his lack of appeal to South Florida’s sizable Brazilian and Spanish-speaking communities. The 41-year-old Man United legend briefly served as caretaker manager for non-League side Salford City, a club of which he is currently a co-owner, in 2015.

As for Carlos, he’s currently serving as a player-manager for Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos. His previous managerial experience came in stints Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor in Turkey, as well as Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia. Carlos is also said to be drawing interest from the Real Madrid youth academy.

Paul Scholes hammers “boring” Man United, “bored” Louis van Gaal

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Paul Scholes is more than a bit embarrassed by what Manchester United, the only club he ever represented during his legendary 20-year playing career, has become — and rightfully so.

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After watching Man United snatch a late 1-0 victory over League One side Sheffield United at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, it appears Scholes has finally reached his boiling point, which is best evidenced in the below quotes and video of the 41-year-old eviscerating Louis Van Gaal‘s version of his beloved club — quotes from the BBC:

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is in a scathing mood, telling BT Sport he “would be sat with my head between my hands after that performance.”

He adds: “I’ve tried so hard to defend this team, but each week it gets harder. Every time I come to Old Trafford it’s negative football.

“I would be depressed if I had been a part of that performance from Manchester United.”

Well, Paul, tell us how you really feel.

Over the course of 90 minutes, United managed just 11 shots, including a shocking two on target. With 71 percent of the game’s possession, you might have expected more from a Premier League giant going up against a third-division side, but with all the sideways and backwards passes and… oh, right, you’re probably bored of them now, too.

Paul was really, really right, wasn’t he?