When Manchester United host St Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday it will be a family affair for record signing Paul Pogba.
Pogba will line up for Jose Mourinho’s side opposite his brother Florentin who is a defender for the French side.
The £89million signing from Juventus may be a France international, but his 26-year-old brother has won 12 caps for Guinea.
Paul Pogba leads Manchester United in training as he prepares to take on Saint-Etienne
Pogba takes a break during training as he prepares to face his brother Florentin
Pogba is put through his paces as he prepares for the Europa League clash against St Etienne
Pogba looked in good spirits as he trained for the Europa League last-32 clash
The Manchester United No 6 was keen to cover up in the cold as he trained at the Aon Complex
Pogba’s mom, Yeo Moriba, is unsurprisingly hoping for a draw but Mourinho has warned her that one of the sons will be upset next Wednesday when the two-legged affair is over.
‘We spoke in a funny way, a good way,” Mourinho said of a chat with the Manchester United midfielder.
‘I think it’s a nice destiny, I think only Mum Pogba is a little bit in trouble, which is normal, it’s difficult for the lady, it’s impossible to choose.
‘I know from Paul the mum wants a draw but next week one son will be happy and another one will be sad but I think it’s only a little problem for them. They will enjoy to play against each other. Paul is excited, Florentin the same.’
And Pogba Snr says he is ready to put their family ties to one side when he tries to stop him getting on the scoresheet when he marks him at set pieces.
He said: ‘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.’
Jose Mourinho keeps a close eye on training as United prepare for a big few weeks
Manchester United’s German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger trains with the squad
Mourinho and Marcus Rashford have a chat during training on Wednesday
Juan Mata looks in good spirits as he takes part in training
United stars David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Mata wrapped up warm during training
Meanwhile, ahead of the game Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were absent from training ahead of the Europa League clash.
Old Trafford plays host to the first leg of the last-32 tie on Thursday, with Mourinho’s men looking to take a comfortable advantage to France next week.
Rooney, Carrick and Jones were conspicuous by their absence from the 23-man squad at the Aon Training Complex on Wednesday morning.
Jones has been absent since going off in the Premier League match with Hull due to a foot complaint, but Rooney and Carrick were on the bench against Watford.