Allardyce hits out at Pogba for 'creating unrest'

Sam Allardyce has hit out at Paul Pogba.
Sam Allardyce has hit out at Paul Pogba.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has criticised Manchester United midfielder for “trying to create unrest to get his own way”.

Allardyce also claimed that Pogba is trying to provoke Jose Mourinho by openly speculating on his future when speaking to the press.

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Pogba told Sky Sports Germany that he was unsure of his long term future, claiming he did not would happen with his future over the next few months.

The World Cup winner said: “My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.”

Speaking on talkSPORT, Allardyce counselled that Ed Woodward should try to keep Mino Raiola – Pogba’s agent – and the player under control.

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“Agents and players are becoming far too powerful,” Allardyce said.

“It’s been a particular problem for many, many years but it’s getting stronger and stronger – dictating too much regarding where the player goes or where he wants to go.

“And then, when the player doesn’t get what he wants, he starts to create unrest at the football club to try to get his own way.

“It’s a strong manager and a strong owner that will only withstand that pressure, otherwise they will crack and allow him to go.

“The club need to say, ‘The manager is going to be here, you’re going to be there, you’ve got a contract – shut up and get on with it’.

“You need a strong ownership, not a strong manager, to put things right”.

The former Newcastle, Sunderland and Bolton boss believes that international breaks give players the chance to create trouble when they are away from their club, and thinks Pogba should possibly be fined.

He explained: “You always hear it on an international break, and then you will always hear they’ve been misinterpreted when they get back.

“But they haven’t been misinterpreted, they haven’t.

“I always said to my players before they went, ‘While you’re on international duty do not comment about the football club, just concentrate on your country and don’t contribute anything that may end up being controversial’.

“We have a code of conduct and if they break that code of conduct while they are away, for me, they get a fine”.

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