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It’s A Family Affair: Pogba Brothers Set To Face Off In Europa League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action guring the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on February 1, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s Europa League tie against St. Etienne will be a family affair as Paul Pogba goes to battle against his brother, Florentin. 

The Irish Times has reported how Thursday’s tie will see the pair thrown against each other in the round of 32. 26-year-old Florentin joined St. Etienne in 2012 from Sedan and represents Guinea internationally.

His twin, Mathias, is also a professional footballer with Sparta Rotterdam and has played in the lower leagues in England.

When asked who onlooker Mathias would be supporting, Florentin came up with a simple answer.

“Who will my twin brother Mathias support? He will support his brothers.

Despite the importance of the game, Florentin explained his excitement ahead of the match-up with his brother.

“I was speaking to my brother during the draw and said: ‘Watch, we’re going to get Manchester United’.

“We were drawn first and they came out of the hat second. We had a laugh and said: ‘The day has come. We’re going to face each other on the pitch, rather than on our neighbourhood mini-pitch’.”

The elder Pogba, who can play at centre-back or left-back, will be tasked with containing little brother Paul who joined Manchester United in the summer for £89 million, making him the most expensive footballer in history.

United are at home in the first leg and will be hoping to progress against the side that finished sixth in Ligue 1 last season.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.