Pogba pair to clash in Europa League

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Pic: Press Association
Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Pic: Press Association

Manchester United star Paul Pogba will come up against his own flesh and blood in the Europa League last 32.

United were drawn to face French side St Etienne, who boast Pogba’s brother Florentin in defence.

“It’s nice, it’s a nice thing,” said United boss Jose Mourinho. “Paul will be laughing, and for sure his brother will also be laughing.

“I think it’s nice, it’s happened in the history of football a few times and it’s nice.”

Florentin Pogba posted a split-screen picture on Instagram of himself and his brother, captioned: “POGBA (v) POGBA #thankgod #lapogbance #6 #19 #asse(v)manutd #uel”

United qualified as Group A runners-up and were paired with Christophe Galtier’s team, who beat Anderlecht in their final Group C game to pip the Belgian outfit to top spot.

Tottenham were handed the short trip to Belgium to face Group H runners-up Gent, who qualified by winning their final match against Konyaspor.

United boss Jose Mourinho welcomed the short trip to France after a Group A campaign which saw his side travel to Turkey and Ukraine to face Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk respectively.

“The good thing is the travel,” he told manutd.com. “We were very unlucky in the group stage... now we go to France.”

The French side seemed excited to be welcoming United, posting a simple response on Twitter which read: “#UELdraw OMG !”

And news of facing Tottenham seemed to have captured the attention of Gent’s public as well.

The club tweeted around an hour after the draw: “As soon as as there’s more ticket information, we will communicate. Now please stop calling us #UEL”

As in their Champions League campaign, which ended with a third-placed finish in Group E, Tottenham will play the home leg of the tie at Wembley Stadium.

Elsewhere, Roma were paired with Villarreal.

Fiorentina take on Borussia Monchengladbach, Lyon tackle Holland’s AZ Alkmaar, while Shakhtar Donetsk, top scorers in the group stage and the only team to win all six of their games, will play Celta Vigo.

Besiktas, whose stadium was the site of a terrorist attack on police in Istanbul following their Super Lig game against Bursaspor at the weekend, will take on Israel’s Hapoel Be’er-Sheva.

First-leg ties will be played on February 16, with the return fixtures on February 23 except for St Etienne against United and Fenerbahce v Krasnodar, which take place on February 22.