Manchester United clearly had no chance of keeping Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola is busy showing just why Manchester United were unable to keep him at Old Trafford.

In the space of a year Paul Pogba has gone from being a promising Manchester United prospect, to the most exciting teenager midfield talent in the whole of Europe.

He may well thank his agent Mino Raiola for fixing him a move to Juventus, but the money man is still not happy - with his agent still talking up chances of a move.

Rumours have been circling this week, that Pogba, now a full France international, is a top target for Real Madrid - With club president Florentino Perez said to have flown to Italy for talks with a mystery player.

Raiola has been stirring the pot too, he has denied Pogba was the subject of Perez' visit, but added: "To date there is no contract that can shield a champion. Neither (him or Niang) can be shielded 100% when it is appreciated by everyone."

You might imagine after this dream season for Pogba that Raiola would be playing down the prospect of him moving on anytime in the near future.

Pogba is on course to end the campaign as a Serie A champion with Juventus, having scored more goals at the club than any teenager, prior to turning 20 recently, since Alessandro Del Piero was breaking through.

Many had previously pointed to the first team chances afforded to him at Juventus, in comparison to the waiting game at Old Trafford, as why he was correct to move on.

Pogba was criticised by many for leaving the safe haven for young talents that is Manchester United, but his gamble appears to have paid off.

Judging from Raiola's recent comments, it was not just the on pitch action which led to him moving.

If the agent is still not happy after the switch to Juventus, itching for more, it says everything about how greedy he is, trying to get another valuable cut of a blockbuster switch.

The fact his contract was up at United was perfect for him, as the player could be hawked around Europe to find the best deal. With an agent like this, and a player unwilling to stand up to him - the Red Devils clearly had no chance of keeping him whether they made him a regular or not.

From our perspective, Pogba is best served staying at Juventus where he is developing into a key player. Rushing into a Real Madrid move could be a mistake as a number of youngsters who made the switch too soon have discovered, his compatriot Nicolas Anelka famously.

United should not worry too much about whether they could have handled the Pogba situation differently, because with the player and his agent, whatever they did, he would have moved on anyway.

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