Football: I don't want either to lose, says Pogbas' mother ahead of Europa League clash

This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows France's midfielder Paul Pogba playing with the ball during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.
This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows France's midfielder Paul Pogba playing with the ball during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.PHOTO: AFP

Marseille (AFP) - The mother of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Saint-Etienne defender Florentin Pogba told AFP she wants the teams to draw both games when they meet in the Europa League.

Premier League giants United were paired with French side Saint-Etienne in the last 32 of Europe's second-tier competition on Monday, pitting the Pogba brothers against each other for the first time in a competitive game.

"I want two draws between my children, I don't want anyone to lose, even if I know that unfortunately one will be eliminated," said Yeo Moriba, who plans to attend both legs of February's knockout tie.

Jose Mourinho's United will be heavy favourites to advance but Moriba added her sons "are very happy to cross paths on the pitch".

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, became the world's most expensive player when he rejoined United from Juventus for a record £89 million (S$160.66 million) in August.

Elder brother Florentin is three years older and represents Guinea, the country of his birth, along with twin brother and Sparta Rotterdam forward Mathias.