Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has described Marcus Rashford’s rumoured link-up with super-agent Mino Raiola as “really strange” amid the Old Trafford club’s concerns.
Forward Rashford is reportedly close to making Raiola one of his representatives, with the Italian also currently representing Paul Pogba and recently adding Jesse Lingard to his list of clients.
Raiola has recently been angered by United’s handling of Pogba’s desire to leave the club for the second time, adding that he wouldn’t transfer any of his existing clients to the Red Devils.
“I wouldn’t bring anyone there (to United) now,” Raiola told La Repubblica last month .
“They’d also ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini. Paul needs a team and club like the Juventus team he played in.”
Raiola’s stance on United’s chiefs is likely to mean that they aren’t too pleased with Rashford’s decision to add him to his list of representatives alongside his brothers Dane Rashford and Dwaine Maynard.
Former United coach Meulensteen has voiced his surprise at the move.
“It’s really strange to me. Sometimes these agents get far too much control, but that’s just how the system works, unfortunately,” he told talkSPORT .
“It’s crazy and it causes problems for managers. I think a club the size of Manchester United should be able to look after that themselves.
“Pogba was already with him, but now Lingard is going and Rashford… it’s not a good development in my opinion.
“His way is Raiola first and then the player, and not the interest of the club.”