8 battling brothers who faced each other on the pitch – and what happened

Gary, Phil Neville

Paul and Florentin Pogba went head-to-head when Manchester United hosted Saint-Etienne on Thursday. Paul Wilkes picked out some other duelling siblings

1. Gary and Phil Neville

In 2006, they became the first brothers to captain their respective teams against each other in the Premier League

The Neville brothers are English football's most famous siblings since the Charltons, with the two former Manchester United players now pundits, business partners and part-owners of Salford City. Under Sir Alex Ferguson they played together for 10 years at Old Trafford, before Phil joined David Moyes's Everton in 2005.

He made his league debut for the Toffees in a 2-0 defeat by United at Goodison, and in 2006 the duo became the first brothers to captain their respective teams against each other in the Premier League.

"It was a difficult moment, particularly for my mum," Phil admitted later. "My dad was a Manchester United fan – he was United until he died – but my mum just wanted two happy sons and a happy house."

Phil Neville, Gary Neville

There was no love lost between the Nevilles after United's draw with Everton in 2005

2. Kolo and Yaya Toure

Kolo’s move to Liverpool meant they would line up on opposite sides in the 2016 League Cup Final

The Ivorian pair started their careers at ASEC Mimosas until younger brother Yaya left for Belgium side KSK Beveren in 2001. It took another nine years before they were club team-mates again, this time at Manchester City.

Kolo’s move to Liverpool meant they would line up on opposite sides in the 2016 League Cup Final, though, with elder brother replacing the injured Mamadou Sakho after only 25 minutes. When asked before the game what he would do if Yaya was through on goal, the now-Celtic defender replied without hesitation: “Big time, take him out.”

Sadly it never came to that, and Yaya had the last laugh as Manuel Pellegrini's team won the tournament on penalties.

3. Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng

The brothers came face-to-face in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups

Kevin-Prince grew up with his mother, and Jerome his father, but the two still enjoyed a close relationship as kids. Neither Boateng left lasting impressions in the Premier League but both have gone on to enjoy successful careers in Europe; Jerome as one of the best centre-backs on the continent at Bayern Munich, while Kevin-Prince is playing well for Las Palmas after a good spell at Milan.

The Boatengs were team-mates for Germany at youth level, but on the senior stage Kevin-Prince ultimately decided to represent the country of his parents' birth, Ghana. The brothers came face to face in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, with Jerome's Germany triumphant in South Africa but held to a draw in Brazil en route to their tournament win.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jerome Boateng

The Boateng brothers locked horns at the 2014 World Cup