Saint Etienne defender Florentin Pogba has revealed his brother Paul “goes mad” whenever he loses at Manchester United.
The pair both begun their footballing lives at several clubs in Île-de-France before Florentin left for Celta Vigo in 2007, with Paul eventually moving to Man United in 2009.
They will face each-other in Europe for the first time on Thursday as ASSE travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie with United.
And Florentin, speaking ahead of the game, made note of his brother’s antipathy towards losing at United.
“He is quite irritable, he doesn’t like to lose,” Florentin said. “His head starts buzzing when he loses.
“I learned to lose and I would say that you’re not losing but learning. But for him, when he loses, he goes mad. But these two games will be emotional and I hope we’ll take something positive from them.
“Even if United are a great club, anything is possible in football. The fact they’re better than us on paper doesn’t matter.”
This is the exact kind of mentality that United fans want to see at their club. You could always tell that failure, under Sir Alex Ferguson, was never shrugged off. Defeat truly mattered: it would torture players for days. And this was primarily because, during those glory years, players understood what playing for this badge meant, the pressures that came with being a United player and the expectations placed on their shoulders.
People may question Pogba’s ability at Old Trafford this season, but nobody could ever question whether he possesses the right attitude.