That’s the opinion of Rene Meuelensteen, who was a coach at the Theatre of Dreams under Sir Alex Ferguson when the 27-year-old departed for Juventus in 2012.
Raiola claimed earlier this week that Pogba was ‘unhappy’ at the club and he advised the board to cash in on January, rather than allowing him to see out the last 18 months of his contract.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to address Pogba’s future, instead hitting back at Raiola for the timing of his comments before the side’s 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
But Meulensteen believes the time has come for United to part ways with the France international.
‘With a big game around the corner against Leipzig, to put that out in the media is very poor practice from his agent.
’I don’t know how much Paul would have had an influence on it, but I would have thought that it’s important as a player that you want the best for the team, that you want to make sure they concentrate on a big game like that. It’s a big distraction.”
Asked whether the club should stick or twist with Pogba, Meulensteen replied: ‘I would have gone twist. I think it’s important that you look at the team and where you want to go.’
It’s unlikely that Pogba will start against Pep Guardiola’s side, particularly given Fred is available after missing the trip to Germany through suspension.