Roy Keane vented his frustration at the Pogba brothers following Manchester United’s victory over St. Etienne at Old Trafford.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the game’s star man with a hat-trick, against a side he was prolific against whilst at PSG (that’s now 17 goals in 14 matches against Thursday night’s opponents). However, it was Paul and Florentin Pogba who stole the show with their mother featuring regularly on close-ups throughout the match wearing a half and half jersey of her sons’ two club sides.
Keane’s view of the pair’s reactions towards being matched up against each other last night was that it was ‘over the top’. Keane, who has been very critical of many modern day footballers, let his feelings known on ITV while covering the game.
“The boy, Pogba, he’s a bit of a free spirit, a bit of a character. But I think it was a little bit over the top tonight – before the game and at half-time”.
“They’ve spoke more tonight than I have to any of my brothers [Denis, Pat and Johnson] in the last five years
“It’s all a bit strange, [but] I think when the game started they were focused on the game.’
“All this stuff before and after the game, a load of nonsense but that’s the modern player I’m afraid.”
Florentin’s twin Mathias is also a professional footballer and currently plays for Sparta Rotterdam, having enjoyed spells in Scotland and England with Partick Thistle and Crawley town part of his much-travelled CV.
Despite Keane’s remarks, the brothers will be likely to continue their gestures of brotherly love into the second leg. United travel to France for the away fixture next week with their comfortable 3-0 lead.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena