Mancheser United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores opening goal against Saint Etienne in 2nd leg
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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.
Ruffier; Malcuit, Perrin, Théophile-Catherine, Pogba; Pajot, Veretout; Hamouma, Saivet, Monnet-Pacquet; Besic Subs: Moulin, Lacroix, Roux, Seinaes, Intima, Pierre-Gabriel
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
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EFL Cup semi-final results: Manchester United 2-0 Hull City, Southampton 1-0 Liverpool
In their first leg FA Cup semi-final tie Manchester United continued their winning streak by beating Hull City at Wembley with second half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini. United have won their last nine games in all competitions. Juan Mata has scored in three of his past four EFL Cup matches scoring two goals for Manchester United, and one goal for Chelsea. Liverpool lost their first leg FA Cup semi-final tie to a fit and agressive Southampton 1-0.
With a second leg still to come, Manchester United and Southampton go into their ties with the lead after Hull City and Liverpool lost their first semi-final matches. Giant Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool remain confident of winning their second-leg clashes to go on to compete in a battle of the titans in the 2017 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes to protect his record of never losing a semi-final match. Klopp said, “When you can smell the final you do everything to get there.”
Before the game Southampton manager Claude Puel was confident.
"We played Liverpool in the Premier League and it was a strong game for us with organisation," said Frenchman Puel. "We played strong and were strong in defence. We played at a good level but it will be important for this game to have more of the ball and try and have control of the game. Their ability to control the ball along with good pressing, with technical players, is exciting. We want to exploit them. The players are ready for the game. It is an exciting challenge for us. The Premier League game was strong, there are many games in January, different possibilities. This game is important and I think my players are ready for the game."
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2008-09 Manchester United* 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City celebrated EFL Cup victory with the trophy after the 2016 Capital One Cup Final match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 28, 2016 in London, England. Manchester City won 3-1 on penalties.
Man Utd superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores second goal against West Ham
PREMIER LEAGUE: WEST HAM UNITED 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United win 1st match in 2017 to go within a point of 4th place on EPL Table
Jose Mourniho's Manchester United side got off to a winning start in the New Year as the Red Devils defeated 10 man West Ham 2-0 away at London Stadium to go within one point of fourth place with second half goals from sub Juan Mata assisted by teenager Marcus Rashford, and superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday evening. Ibra has already scored more goals in all competitions than Manchester United's top goal scorer last season (Martial, 17). Amazing Man Utd goalie David de Gea gets credit for another clean sheet in his 250th appearance for the club. In Round 20 to date, Chelsea remain in first with 49 points; Liverpool are in second with 44 points, Manchester City are in third with 42 points, Arsenal are in fourth with 41 points, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are tied in fifth with 39 points apiece. Everton is in seventh with 30 points, West Brom is in eighth with 29 points, AFC Bournemouth is in ninth with 25 points, Southampton is in tenth with 24 points.
Juan Mata 63
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 78
Man United manager Jose Mourinho made five changes to his side from their last match with Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick and Lingard coming in for Smalling, Fellaini, Martial, Bailly and Blind.West Ham manager Bilic brought in Obiang, Lanzini and Feghouli for Noble, Ayew and Carroll.
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Randolph, Obiang, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Antonio, Feghouli, Payet, Lanzini. Subs: Carroll, Adrian, Noble, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina.
De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Lingard. Subs: Mata, Martial, Smalling, Young, Rashford, Romero, Fellaini.
Referee: Mike Dean
Manchester United is enjoying a run of six Premier League victories with their 2-0 defeat of the Hammers. Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in East London to take Man United to within a point of fourth place. The controversial sending off of West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli at 15 minutes after what looked like a hard but fair challenge resulted in a straight red card given by referee Mike Dean in front of a crowd of 57,000.
United manager José Mourinho admitted that the turning point of the match was the controversial call by referee Dean to send off Feghouli after a hefty challenge with Phil Jones that saw both men fight for a loose ball. Half-time arrived accompanied by a chorus of boos directed at Dean. Feghouli will now miss the Hammers' FA Cup third-round home tie against Manchester City on Friday. West Ham supporters showed their anger at the ref by chanting 'Mike Dean - it's all about you'. Dean has shown 14 red cards in the EPL since the start of last season - at least six more than any other referee.
The match was scoreless at half‑time when Mourinho brought on Juan Mata, and then Marcus Rashford who combined to score the opening goal of the match. Mata has been involved in 40 Premier League goals (25 goals, 15 assists) since his Man United debut. Only Wayne Rooney with 46 Premier League goals (29 goals, 17 assists) has a better record in that time.
United are steadily improving match by match hot on the heels of the other top four contenders and gaining momentum with every win including their victory against West Ham only 48 hours after their previous win against Middlesbrough.
After the game, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was still angry with Dean but proud of his men.
"I was pleased with the performance, we fought hard and gave everything. I told my players that if we did this we will be all right in the table. Ten men against a team like this is very hard - but we had chances. I am disappointed with the result and frustrated by how we lost it, but I am proud of my players."
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying his longest winning run in all competitions (seven) since January 2014 when in charge of Chelsea.
"It was hard for us to think well with one more man - and it was very hard for them physically. I was happy with my choices in Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford, they gave us what we needed. Rashford is very professional and very mature. He is a Manchester United player with Manchester United DNA. I don't feel sorry for West Ham - I didn't watch the decisions. I think if you talk about decisions, we are the champions of bad decisions."
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Juan Mata scores opening goal against West Ham for Man United
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2016 BALLON D’OR 30 MAN SHORTLIST
2016 Ballon d’Or 30 Man Shortlist
The winner will be revealed by France Football on December 13, 2016.
The 30 Ballon d'Or nominees are as follows:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Update : Paris Saint Germain and Sweden
Ibrahimovic told Klopp, 'When are you going to sign me?'
'I would have to sell all the other players to buy you,' was the German’s reply.
The PSG striker then joked that he would play for free for last year’s beaten Champions League finalists.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says Ibrahimovic is an extraordinary talent he would like to have on his squad just days after their meeting at the recent Ballon d'Or event when the Sweden international jokingly asked Klopp when he planned to sign him.
Ibrahimovic is the winner of the Ferenc Puskas award for his outstanding goal against England.
"I like it, I love his antics, he is an extraordinary player. However, there is no option of recruiting a player of that level," said Klopp. "He told me that I should let everyone at Dortmund know that he enjoys watching us play football.
"There were years in which he probably did not even know there was a football club in Dortmund. Now he knows and likes us - that says it all."
Klopp commented on their arch rivals Bayern Munich, who are in firmly on top of the Bundesliga at the going into the second half of the season. The Bavarians are seven points clear of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and 12 points clear of Klopp's side in fourth having just secured BVB's striker Robert Lewandowski, who will join the club at the end of the season.
"In one game we can beat them, but Bayern have all sorts of weapons and can respond to whatever happens in football," Klopp continued. "They are a team that have the kind of depth on the bench that all of their competitors on the planet would like to have.
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