6 Things Man Utd Fans Should Know About Florentin Pogba Ahead of Brotherly Europa League Battle

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive footballer, will be taken back to his childhood on Thursday night when he faces older brother Florentin for the first time in his professional career. As Florentin's Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the first leg of a Europa League Last 32, here's a look at six things you may not know about 'the other' Pogba... As Guinea's designated captain at the time, Florentin was given a vote for the final edition of the FIFA Ballon...

He Loves a Jazzy Haircut Just as Much as Paul

Paul is known throughout the world for his ever changing haircuts almost as much as his on-field ability. But it seems that love of looking sharp with all kind of jazzy colours and designs actually runs in the family.


Florentin can often be seen sporting a streak of colour, a particular pattern or design, or a bit of both. He's also been partial to dyed facial hair in the past, too.

He is Likely to Play at Left-Back

While typically a centre-back, Florentin is versatile enough that he has also made himself an option for Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier at left-back this season.


And with club captain Loic Perrin and former Cardiff defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine very much the first preferred central partnership, it is at left-back where Pogba will continue to operate for the visit to Old Trafford.


He's consistently played as a full-back since returning to the team in late January, putting in particularly good performances in recent Ligue 1 wins over Toulouse and Lyon.

He Plans to Mark Paul

Although Florentin's positioning at left-back likely won't bring him into too much direct contact with his brother during open play on Thursday, his physical build could see the pair come together to do battle at set pieces.


Florentin, understandably, has declared that he won't give his sibling an inch.


"I may have to mark him. It may be Zlatan Ibrahimovic or another player but I think I will mark my brother. It seems more logical as I know him. I would do so as against any other player, with the same determination," the 26-year-old has said in the build up to the game.

He is Also a Twin With Another Pogba Brother

Paul is not Florentin's only brother as he has a twin, Mathias, who currently plays as a forward for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie.


While Paul was making a name for himself in the academy setup at Le Havre prior to joining Manchester United in 2009, both twins began their respective careers in the youth ranks at Celta Vigo in Spain.


From there, Mathias joined amateur French club Quimper to kick off his senior career, before spells at Wrexham, Crewe, and Crawley in the English football pyramid, as well as time in Italy with Pescara and a stint in Scotland with Partick Thistle (pictured).

He is a Guinea International

Paul was born in the Parisian suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne in 1993, but Florentin and Mathias were actually born in Guinea's capital city of Conakry three years earlier.


The Pogba family only moved to France a few months after the twins were born.


Florentin accepted the call to play international football for the country of his birth in 2010, playing in a friendly against Mali. He also played for France at Under-20 level in 2011, and it was only in 2013 that he appeared in his first competitive fixture for Guinea and became permanently tied to the west African nation.


He has 12 caps to date, while Mathias has two.

He Didn't Vote for Paul in the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or

As Guinea's designated captain at the time, Florentin was given a vote for the final edition of the FIFA Ballon d'Or that took place last January.


His brother had starred for Juventus on their run to the Champions League in 2015, establishing himself as the best emerging talent in world football, but that wasn't enough for his own blood to want to vote for him.


Florentin used his votes on Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer instead.


Paul then couldn't count on Florentin's successor as Guinea captain in the voting for the recent inaugural 'FIFA Best Awards' either, as Fode Camara opted for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

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