Paul Pogba’s agent didn’t mince words when defending his client after Manchester United legend Paul Scholes criticised the midfielder following Sunday’s loss.

Jose Mourinho’s side attracted plenty of criticism following a shock 3-2 loss away to Brighton and Hove Albion, with Scholes saying that Pogba – who captained the team for the second consecutive match – was “poor” and lacked leadership qualities.

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Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, hit back Tuesday, questioning the former England international’s leadership skills and offering Scholes career advice by referencing United’s reported search for a technical director.

Despite scoring Sunday with his second successful penalty conversion of the season, Pogba followed up a positive opening-match performance against Leicester City with a lackluster display on the south coast.

After the match, Scholes provided a scathing review of the 25-year-old’s display to Australian outlet Optus Sport.

“There’s a lack of leaders in the team, that’s why we thought Pogba might be the ideal candidate to be that leader, but he wasn’t there (on Sunday). He had another really poor game. He’s so inconsistent,” Scholes said, according to Sky Sports.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville weighed in on Raiola’s comments, calling on Pogba to take action.

Pogba has reportedly been pushing for a move away from United since an alleged rift with Mourinho developed in the second half of last season.

Barcelona has been heavily linked with the World Cup winner and reportedly had an offer rejected earlier this summer. Despite the reported knockback, the club’s president wouldn’t rule out the possibility of trying to sign Pogba before Spain’s transfer window closes at the end of the month.