Manchester United are being embarrassed and humiliated in the Paul Pogba to Barcelona saga, claims former-player Paul Parker.
Reports and quotes linking midfielder Pogba to the La Liga side have steadily built up in the last three weeks from all sides of a potential deal.
Pogba has been less than certain on whether he’ll be at Man United by next season, while Barcelona players Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez have both commented on Pogba’s ability, as well as the club’s vice-president Jordi Mestre labelling him a “player of exceptional quality”.
Those with sources inside United have suggested that the club would ‘seriously consider’ selling Pogba if a £200m bid comes in from Barcelona.
Former-defender Paul Parker believes the saga, which has started just after the summer transfer window has closed, is a disaster for United.
“What’s coming out of Manchester United PR-wise is something you expect from a club five or six levels below – it’s not top-level PR,” Parker told radio station, talkSPORT.
“Sometimes you can’t give the devil what he wants and if that’s what he’s looking for, if he’s trying to dictate and control, you don’t give it.”
The difficulty with the Pogba situation is that the club are extremely controlling of what their players and manager can say during the club football period. United’s press officer is aware of any interview being conducted and what’s being said.
But during the international break, players are free to say what they wish and be interviewed by whoever they wish.
“Footballers in today’s game are commodities and a group of them together speak louder than any one manager,” Parker continued.
“It wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago, because players were there just to play football and we knew where we stood.
“If we shouted too loud, we were lucky if we were only shouted down, but at the worst we’d lose our jobs.
“But today, players don’t lose their jobs.”
Parker is right in some ways. Players 20 years ago wouldn’t do this. But that’s not because of a massive change in character for the worse, but rather that 20 years ago, the chairmen of football club’s controlled the players entirely. That was good on occasion, and meant players spoke out less, but also meant that players could be treated poorly and kept at a club they didn’t want to be at for years.