Europa League: Pogba Faces Pogba At Old Trafford

By Concise News Correspondent

Europa League: Pogba Faces Pogba At Old Trafford (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Europa League: Pogba Faces Pogba At Old Trafford (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Older brother of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Florentin, has admitted that his mother will find it difficult to watch them face off in the Europa League.

Florentin’s St Etienne will confront the Red Devils on Thursday in the first leg of their last-32 tie at Old Trafford.

And speaking ahead of playing against his brother, the St Etienne man had this to say, “It’s not going to be easy for her but at the same time what a fantastic moment it’ll be for her to see her sons playing out there.

“Maybe the best result for her will be a draw.

“But we’ll be going all out to get the best result for ourselves. Whoever wins she’ll be happy in some respect.”

Why both players represent different countries

Paul, 23, is the world’s most expensive player, having joined United for $111m from Italian champions Juventus in August, and represents France, where he was born.

Florentin, born in the Guinean capital Conakry prior to his parents’ move to France, has been with French side St Etienne since 2012 and first played for Guinea in 2010.

He added that Thursday’s match will be the first time the brothers, who grew up near the French capital Paris, have properly clashed on a football pitch.

“It’s going to be a magical moment and I hope we can both enjoy it as much as we can,” the 26-year-old said.

“We love sport and I have beaten him quite a bit at table tennis, but they’re the only times I can think of that we’ve played against each other.

“We’ve never played against each other or even with each other before in the professional game. It is probably because of the age gap that we’ve never managed to be on the same side.”


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