How to watch Manchester United vs. St. Etienne

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watched on as his side opening up a comfortable 3-0 aggregate lead in their Europa League last 32 tie against Saint-Etienne on Thursday night, although he has publicly criticised the players for not taking the game seriously enough.

Ibrahimovic's first came on 15 minutes when a free-kick took a deflection to leave Stephane Ruffier stranded in the visitors' goals.

"There was a huge rivalry while I was still at Lyon", the French forward, whose side are unbeaten in 16 league games, told the United website this week.

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"The Europa League is not a competition we want to play, but it's a competition we play and we respect it", he said.

It was a family catch-up for the Pogbas at Old Trafford, with their mother and other brother, Mathias, watching from a corporate box wearing jerseys with United's colors on one half and Saint-Etienne's colors on the other.

For all that, most of the chances fell to United and Ibrahimovic had the ball in the net early in the second half, heading home a Juan Mata cross, only for the offside flag to cut short his celebrations.

After the French side went close on the counter through Nolan Roux, Ibrahimovic added a second after 75 minutes when he knocked in a cross from Marcus Rashford. A lack of finishing was their undoing, though-the Frenchmen attempted 11 shots in the first half; none of them hit the target.

Clearly, Rashford has reached a point of no return with his manager - just like Henrikh Mkhitaryan did in September and Anthony Martial did two weeks ago - and the Old Trafford exit door looms.

"Wherever I went, I won".

"I could tell from the touchline that it was hard and I needed the communication at half-time".

Thursday's hat-trick was the 17th of his career and took his goal tally against St Etienne alone to 17, putting a smile on the striker's face. "I have scored a couple of goals tonight and hopefully I can do the same next week". Everything can change but we're happy at the moment.

"So I'm angry and disappointed for my players".

"We don't play Champions League, so if that is the case I would prefer to play in the Europa League than be at home watching TV. It's not over but it's a good result", he said.

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