Gary Neville hits back at Mino Raiola for ‘wiping out all of United’s Premier League titles’ after mouthy agent claimed that Man City were more successful and name-checked them as possible destination for Erling Haaland
- Mino Raiola said Manchester City were a possible destination for Erling Haaland
- Italian super-agent said Norwegian had ‘big chance’ of leaving Dortmund
- City have won four Premier League titles since United’s last triumph in 2013
- Paul Pogba could leave Old Trafford for free in the summer
- Raiola said Pogba has several offers on the table, including one from United
Gary Neville has hit back at Mino Raiola, after the Italian super-agent claimed Manchester United had been living in Manchester City’s shadow for the past few years.
On Friday, Raiola opened the door to Erling Haaland joining the Premier League champions in the summer, suggesting there was a ‘big chance’ his client would leave Borussia Dortmund.
City have long been interested in the Norwegian and Raiola name-checked them as one of the potential destinations.
Gary Neville hit back at Mino Raiola’s claims that Manchester United have been overshadowed by Manchester City in recent years.
‘Erling can and will take the next step,’ he told German radio Sport1. ‘Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City — these are the big clubs he can go to.
‘City have won the championship five times in the last few years, much more than United.’
The remark didn’t go down well with Neville, who made his feelings known on Twitter.
‘I know we’ve been c*** recently, but Mino Raiola has wiped out all of United’s Premier League titles in one foul [sic] swoop,’ the former United captain said.
Neville said the Italian had deliberately forgotten about United’s Premier League dominance
City have won the Premier League four times since United lifted their most recent title at the end of the 2012-13 season.
City have also won six League Cups and one FA Cup over the last seven years, while their local rivals have only lifted the League Cup and the Europa League in 2017.
United, however, remain the most successful English club in terms of top-flight titles with 20, one ahead of Liverpool and 13 clear of City.
Mino Raiola said Manchester City are one of the possible destinations for Erling Haaland
The Norwegian has a ‘big chance’ of leaving Borussia Dortmund next summer, Raiola said
Neville and Raiola have exchanged verbals before, with the former England international suggesting the super-agent had deliberately tried to unsettle United by suggesting Paul Pogba could leave United.
Since the Frenchman returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, Raiola has often dropped hints the former Juventus midfielder wasn’t entirely happy at United and criticised the club.
In December last year, Neville urged the club to cut ties with the Italian altogether after he said Pogba’s spell at Old Trafford was ‘over’ just before United hosted City in the Premier League.
Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United for free at the end of the current season
Raiola said the Frenchman has several offers on the table, including one from United
‘The guy [Raiola] should never be dealt with again by this football club,’ he said.
‘This football club has got to stand still and look at what is happening.’
The prospect of never doing business with United again doesn’t seem to worry Raiola, however.
‘I don’t give a f*** if I never do another player [deal] with Man United,’ he told The Athletic in March.
‘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.’
Pogba flew back to Manchester on Friday after three weeks of rehabilitation work in Dubai
Like Haaland, Pogba could be on the move this summer.
The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to accept United’s extension offer. Should Pogba and the club not reach an agreement by January, he would be free to discuss terms with potential suitors.
‘We have many offers for Pogba, including a contract extension proposal [from United],’ Raiola said.
‘We’ll see what’s best for him.’
Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick insisted he won’t try to change Pogba’s mind if United’s record signing wants to quit the club in the summer.
‘Players have to want to play and stay at a big club like Manchester United,’ the United interim manager said in his press conference on Friday.
‘If a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United medium or long-term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.
‘I don’t think anyone in the club should try to convince a player to stay.’
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