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Gary Neville slams Paul Pogbas agent Mino Raiola after Manchester City transfer claim

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Gary Neville slams Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola after Man City transfer claim
Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville has branded Mino Raiola a bit of a joke after claims Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was offered to rivals City.

In the days leading up to Saturdays Manchester derby, Pep Guardiola claimed Raiola contacted him in January to see if he was interested in signing Pogba.

Two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us, Guardiola said. Why? Why he offer? He was interested in Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us?

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Neville insists Guardiola was being mischievous with his comments in the build-up to the derby but has slammed Raiola, saying he is a poor reflection on Pogba.

When I saw the stories breaking in the last 24 hours the problem was – I think Jose said before the game – either Raiola or Pep is lying, he said.

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Pep is probably being a bit mischievous, there is no doubt about that. And Raiola, well, I think he would lie to anyone really.

Gary Neville slams Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola after Man City transfer claim
Paul Pogba was offered to Manchester City, according to Pep Guardiola (Picture: Getty)

Hes a bit of a joke really. Hes a poor reflection on Paul Pogba.

Neville, speaking to Sky Sports, added: Ive said all year, Manchester United are a far better team with Paul Pogba in it.

He brings arrogance, confidence, hes got belief but when youre a player whos signed for that money and youre dancing like he does, when youve got hair like he has, you have to play well.

You have to match it. Theres no good shouting and singing and then not playing – you have to play.

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He hasnt played in these last couple of months and hes fallen out with his manager and its a difficult situation.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, attempted to play down Guardiolas claim, saying: Guardiola says that, the agent denies.

So one of them is saying the truth and one of them is not telling the truth. Honestly Im not interested in which one is the liar and which one if the honest guy.

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