Paul Pogba has described the experience of playing against his brother Florentin as ‘something magic’. The Pogba brothers faced off on the pitch when Manchester United played St-Etienne in Europa League and Paul said that the meeting of the brothers isn’t something that happens every day.
Mother Yeo and younger brother Mathias watched from Pogba’s executive box at Old Trafford wearing shirts half in the red of United and green of Saint-Etienne.
Speaking to MUTV, the £89m signing said, “Something magic. I just couldn’t believe it when I saw him. We started laughing and just said to enjoy the moment. It doesn’t happen every day. It’s good, we wanted to win, to score goals and we did. It will be easier for us in the next game but it’s not finished.”
Florentin, who was disappointed with the result, admitted that it would be difficult for his team in the second leg after the French team conceded 3 goals.
Talking to beIn sports (h/t Daily Mail), the elder Pogba said,
“We’re leaving with three goals conceded. The return game is going to be very difficult. We have a bit of regret after the first half we had. We had shooting opportunities but we didn’t hit the target. We played very well in the first half but we should have played those situations better. Manchester were effective – that’s the mark of a great team. While the game is still to be played, we must believe, even if we know it will be very difficult.”
Manchester United walked out as comfortable winners after a brilliant display from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Great Swede scored his first hat-trick for Manchester United and Mourinho was delighted with it. Ibra has 23 goals for United so far, thereby silencing all his critics, who branded him ‘too old’ for English football. He has been a talismanic figure at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer and has been mentoring youngsters like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Manager Jose Mourinho was visibly delighted with Zlatan’s hat-trick and spoke to MUTV after the game. He said,
“He has scored so many hat-tricks in his career but this is a first for Manchester United. We know that it is more difficult in England, we know clearly that it is fantastic for him. But the important thing is the result and the important thing is that we managed a clean sheet at home, which is important, and to score three goals is a good advantage for us. We can try to manage with that.”
It looks like Old Trafford is a happy place after all the initial struggles at the start of the season. If United continue to perform the way they are now, it will be a successful season while looking back at it in the month of June.
All hail Jose and Ibra!