Paul Pogba 'goes mad when he loses', says Florentin Pogba
Last Updated: 14/02/17 11:27am
Paul Pogba has been described as an "irritable" player who "doesn't like to lose", by his older brother Florentin.
The pair come face-to-face at Old Trafford on Thursday when St Etienne meet Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
"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."
Paul Pogba has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, and has played a key role in a side that has gone 16 games unbeaten in the Premier League.
Florentin says Paul is coping well with being the world's most expensive player, after the 23-year-old rejoined Manchester United in a £93.25m deal from Juventus in the summer.
"In terms of being the world's most expensive player, I think he has put that to one side because it's more an issue for the media - he is not letting it bother him," added Florentin, who is two years and seven months older than Paul.
"He's just playing his football, even though everything he does gets three or four times more attention, good or bad.
"He can handle all of that because of the mental strength he has had since his youth.
"We'll always be behind him. He knows what it's like in our family. Whether he has a good game or a bad game, we'll always be there for him.
"He can win all the trophies in the world, but he'll still be my little brother.
"When we play together on holiday, we're always on the same team. Now I will be playing against him and I'll be marking him.
"It will be weird but that's football. It's something for the whole family to enjoy because I don't know if it will happen again.
"My parents will have mixed feelings because whatever happens, there will be one winner and one loser."