Former Manchester United midfielder Bryan Robson, believes Mino Raiola has too much influence on Paul Pogba and has advised the French man to rather focus and give everything to the club.
Paul Pogba is pushing for a move away from Old Trafford this summer, with Raiola revealing that the midfielder’s mind was made up and that the United hierarchy are the only obstacle to completing a move to the Bernabau.
Pogba said there was “no need” to speak about his situation after United secured a 2-0 win over Pre Season opponents Perth Glory on Saturday. However, talks are believed to still be ongoing between both parties, with Man Utd reportedly holding out for a fee of around €150 million, if they are to ever let the record midfielder leave.
Bryan Robson however believes players are far too influenced by their agents, and has advised Paul Pogba to continue to fulfill his contract with Man United, and let the club decide on whether or not the deal would happen.
“There is a lot of speculation in the media about Paul,” Robson told the Evening Standard. “He is a top player.”
“You are contracted to Man United, (so you have to) get your head down, do your pre-season, which, from what I have seen in the training sessions he has done and if something happens and the club want it to happen, or if it doesn’t, you have to get on.
“You are contracted to Manchester United. You have to give everything for that club, that team and the fans.”
He added: “Players are influenced far too much by their agents instead of making their own decisions.
“OK, you might want some advice on what you might sign for and when you do move but you are your own person, you can show the path you want to do in your own career.
“I don’t think many players do that. They are always taking advice from agents.
“Obviously agents want players to move on because they make money.
“If a player is loyal to a club and stays there, the agent doesn’t make as much money. That is a big influence, not just at Manchester United but all across the game.
“Players should have a good look at themselves in the mirror and make what they want to make from their football career.”
Rather than take the usual route, Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted for a different approach this time. As the Norwegian has been in the market, in search of young talents to groom, rather than picking out the already made products.
“Our stats last season were well down on other teams,” Robson said. “That can’t be right.
“As a coach and a manager, you want your stats to be right up there with the best.
“It doesn’t mean you are going to be a great player just because your stats are good for running about, but when you have the ability of some of our players and your stats are down, that is definitely something you can work on.
“I think Ole realised that when he came into the club and he wanted to improve on it, so you can compete with the top teams.
“They know they’ve got to improve on last season. I was at the Player of the Year do right at the end of the season and you could see the disappointment in the players, that they knew they hadn’t achieved what they wanted to achieve.
“And we know that we’ve got to step up our game if we want to compete with Man City and Liverpool next year – and it all starts from here.
“We’ve made a couple of good young signings. Hopefully we can maybe get a few more players in, but in saying that you can only get the players in if the players are available and they’re as good as what the manager and coaching staff want in the club.
“But I think we’re going in the right direction.”
Manchester United have secured Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer window. However, its seems the red devils are done yet, as reports claim the club have agreed an €80 million deal for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, with medicals set for Monday.
Elsewhere, Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes is still reportedly a target for the Manchester reds, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to assemble his team in time for new season.