Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shakes hands with Paul Pogba at the end of the game. Reuters / Jason Cairnduff
(Reuters) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Paul Pogba's agent has wrongly publicly disregarded the club and said he would discuss the situation with his midfielder.
Pogba's agent Mino Raiola told an Italian newspaper that he would no longer send his players to United – "a club that is no longer connected to reality" – and that they would even ruin the career of "Diego Maradona and Pele" if they moved to Old Trafford now.
When asked whether agents should give their opinion on clubs, Solskjaer said: “No. I can talk to Paul Pogba about it.
"I don't think I should talk to or about agents who talk about us.
“But Paul is our player and the agents are hired by players – not the other way around. It is not the agents' players, but our players. "
Solskjaer was also not impressed by comments from former United striker Robin van Persie, who criticized the Norwegian's behavior after Wednesday's 0-2 loss to Arsenal.
Van Persie, who wore the same shirt number as Solskjaer during his time at Old Trafford, won the Premier League title with Manchester United in the 2012/13 season.
"I don't know Robin and Robin doesn't know me," said Solskjaer. "He probably has no right to criticize my leadership style and I will not change."
"He took my number 20 shirt and that's probably all he'll take away from me."
Hardik Vyas reporting in Bengaluru; Edited by Christian Radnedge