EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE: Saint Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg: 0-4)

Mancheser United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores opening goal against Saint Etienne in 2nd leg

Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mancheser United

EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE: MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United defeat Saint Etienne in Europa League tie

Manchester United were back in Europa League action against AS Saint Etienne and held a 3-0 lead from the first leg going into the second leg away in France. On Wednesday, February 22, Manchester United traveled to play Saint Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in France in the second leg of their Europa League Round 32 tie.  

Saint Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg: 0-4)

Man United breezed through a slow match into the next round of the UEFA Europa League. However Bailly’s red card means he will miss the first leg of the next round, while Mkhitaryan and Carrick left the field with injuries.

Squads

Saint Etienne:

Ruffier; Malcuit, Perrin, Théophile-Catherine, Pogba; Pajot, Veretout; Hamouma, Saivet, Monnet-Pacquet; Besic Subs: Moulin, Lacroix, Roux, Seinaes, Intima, Pierre-Gabriel

Manchester United:

Romero; Young, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Fellaini, Carrick, Pogba; Mata, Ibrahimovic, Mhitaryan Subs: De Gea, Rojo, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Valencia, Schweinsteiger

Referee: D Aytekin (Germany)

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In the first leg of their Round 32 tie, Man United ended Saint-Étienne's ten-game unbeaten run in Europe this season, and United are favored to win the second leg. Former PSG superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has scored 17 goals in 14 matches against St-Étienne including a deflected free-kick, a tap-in and a penalty in United's 3-0 first-leg triumph.

Prior to losing their first leg Old Trafford match, St-Étienne were undefeated in ten European matches this season. They are still unbeaten in ten European home games but four of their five Stade Geoffroy Guichard fixtures this term have ended in draws, three of them goalless. European Cup runners-up in 1976, St-Étienne were eliminated in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32 by Basel. Their best campaigns in this competition culminated in the quarter-finals in 1980 and 1981. United got to the last 16 in 2015/16, but the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League remains the only major UEFA trophy they have never won. Continental champions in 1968, 1999 and 2008, the Red Devils lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. United's Paul Pogba came up against his older brother, St-Étienne defender Florentin Pogba, in the 16 February first leg.

United's Ibrahimović enjoyed playing St-Étienne during his time in France; he scored 14 goals in 13 games against Les Verts in all competitions.

Before breaking through at Monaco, United's Anthony Martial signed his first professional contract with St-Étienne's main rivals, Lyon. His record in two matches against Les Verts with Monaco is D1 L1 – he struck in a 1-1 draw against St-Étienne in April 2015.

United reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero turns 30 the day of the second leg, 24 hours after defender Phil Jones's 25th birthday.

United's Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney played at St-Étienne's Stade Geoffroy Guichard in England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia at UEFA EURO 2016. Old Trafford team-mate Marcus Rashford was an unused substitute.

St-Étienne coach since 2009, Christophe Galtier steered Les Verts to French League Cup success in 2012/13. He had worked as assistant to Alain Perrin at St-Étienne prior to getting the top job. Originally a defender, he began his playing career at home-town club Marseille.

José Mourinho took over as United boss last summer. Having made his name winning the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League with Porto, he landed Europe's top club prize again with Internazionale Milano as well as three Premier League titles during two stints at Chelsea. In Mourinho's last foray in this competition, he guided Porto to the 2003 UEFA Cup final, where they edged Celtic 3-2 in Seville

Saint-Étienne 0-1 Man Utd

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