Mino Raiola has taken a swipe at Sir Alex Ferguson while claiming he doesn’t “give a f*ck” whether he does business with Manchester United again.
Raiola has stirred up plenty of controversy at Old Trafford over the years, most notably when it comes to the future of talismanic midfielder Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman rejoined the Red Devils from Juventus for a club-record fee in 2016, having left Manchester in acrimonious fashion four years earlier, with Raiola now claiming that Ferguson was the one to blame for his initial departure.
Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during his illustrious 26-year-reign at Old Trafford, has publicly stated that Raiola manipulated Pogba into leaving the club, but the super agent insists he tried his best to keep the midfielder at United.
“When Ferguson criticised me, that was my biggest compliment anybody could give me,” Raiola told The Athletic. “Ferguson is used to people coming in and [saying]: ‘Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir’.
“All I have to say that when Ferguson left Manchester United the club’s owner [the Glazers], by buying back Paul Pogba, told me that I was right. Because I didn’t want to take Paul Pogba away. [Ferguson] didn’t believe in Paul Pogba.
“So when Ferguson says: ‘I don’t like him’, it’s the biggest compliment that I could have. It’s like saying Sepp Blatter says: ‘I don’t like him’. Fantastic. I don’t care what Ferguson says.”
Pressed on how his handling of Pogba has affected his relationship with United, Raiola responded:
“I don’t give a f*ck if I never do another player with Manchester United. I’m not in their hands.
“I’m independent. We have only one party that we take care of: our players. And as long as our players like us, you do what you have to do.”