The most emotional supporter today night when Manchester United host Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford in the Europa League round of 32 first leg will definitely be Mrs Pogba, with two of her children on both sides of the pitch.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, United boss Jose Mourinho joked that he knows Pogba’s mom will be wishing for a draw to avoid resentment in the family after the game.
A burly and versatile defender, Florentin is expected to start for Saint-Etienne and the 26-year-old could even personally mark his younger sibling Paul, midfielder who is 23.
Mourinho believes it is actually a good situation for the Pogba brothers, although the United boss has some sympathy for their mother after discussing the scenario with Paul.
“We spoke but in a good way, in a funny way,” the Portuguese coach told reporters at Carrington.
“I think it’s a nice destiny. I think only Mum Pogba is in a little bit of trouble, which is normal. It’s difficult for the lady to choose. It’s not difficult, it’s impossible for her to choose. I know from Paul that the mum wants a draw but next week one son will be happy and another one will be sad.
“There’s only a little bit of a problem for the mum. For them, they will enjoy it, they will enjoy to play against each other. Paul is excited and Florentin for sure is the same. I think it’s a good thing.”
United progressed to the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League by finishing second in Group A and were then paired with Les Verts who earned qualification as Group C winners.