Europa League - Round of 32 - 2nd Leg
Saint-Étienne0Man Utd1

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

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored but had to leave the pitch nine minutes later
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored but had to leave the pitch nine minutes later

Manchester United eased into the last 16 of the Europa League with victory at Saint-Etienne but goalscorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be out of Sunday's EFL Cup final after limping off.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick, United started sharply in front of a noisy home support at a stadium often referred to as 'The Cauldron', with Mkhitaryan flicking in Juan Mata's cross early on to leave the hosts needing five goals.

The Armenian departed shortly after and clutched his hamstring as he entered the tunnel, an injury which could impact on manager Jose Mourinho's team selection for Sunday's Wembley meeting with Southampton.

And although United had defender Eric Bailly sent off for two bookable offences in the second half, they rarely looked under pressure in securing a place in Friday's last-16 draw.

Short of a Loic Perrin header, which was easily held by Sergio Romero in the first half, United - who had made six changes - were comfortable throughout, with Marcus Rashford poking wide when well placed in the second period.

The first leg of their next game in the competition will arrive days before an FA Cup tie at Chelsea but with just one defeat in 25 matches, Mourinho continues to shuffle his pack efficiently and the challenge for three cup successes remains in tact.

From dream to nightmare

Mkhitaryan now has six Manchester United goals but left the field clutching his hamstring
Mkhitaryan now has six Manchester United goals but left the field clutching his hamstring

United's brilliant run of form since early November has largely coincided with Mkhitaryan establishing himself as a first-team regular.

His sixth goal for the club was a deft flick at the near post as he guided the ball low into the net, effectively ending the contest.

His inclusion, along with that of Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, perhaps suggested Mourinho felt United still had work to do in the tie, despite the prospect of a first major trophy of the Portuguese manager's reign being on offer on Sunday.

But Mourinho believes his playmaker will have "too little time" to overcome the injury and Michael Carrick also looks a doubt with a calf complaint.

The injuries will pose selection dilemmas but could pave the way for Wayne Rooney - whose future at the club looks uncertain - to perhaps figure more prominently at Wembley.

Jose frustrated despite efficient showing

The home support remained vocal even after Manchester United had put the tie beyond them
The home support remained vocal even after Manchester United had put the tie beyond them

If Mkhitaryan's injury frustrated Mourinho, he was visibly angered as he waved his hand up in protest when by Bailly was dismissed for two yellow cards in a 185-second spell.

Bailly was fractionally late on Romain Hamouma to bring about his second caution, though Mourinho felt the winger "enjoyed too much the diving and simulation".

The defender will miss the first-leg of the next round, but his dismissal should not take any gloss from a professional display. When resistance was needed, it arrived - notably when Bailly and Romero raced to thwart Kevin Monnet-Paquet's burst towards goal in the first half.

At the other end, the pace of Rashford, drive of Pogba and threat of Ibrahimovic ensured United always looked capable carving their hosts open and finding extra gears if needed.

Almost nine years have passed since their last European success under then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who watched from the stands as United made it five wins in a row, with just one goal conceded.

Tough opposition such as Lyon and Roma could yet arise in the Europa League but United clearly look well placed for an assault on a trophy they have never won and though injuries mount, they carry strong momentum into the first domestic cup final of the season.

Man of the match - Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba celebrates
Pogba often looked to find Ibrahimovic early as United created good positions despite playing with gears to spare in France.

"The right message" - what the managers said

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "Everything was under control, solid, focused, professional. Obviously the first goal kills every hope. We still like to win the game. I told the players if someone gives me a 2-1 victory it is not enough. I always want the best possible result.

"I have to give the right message to the players and the right message is to play with a strong team and have a bench with options. We knew it would be difficult. It was important to play solid and to have complete control of the game."

Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier: "I would love for my players to have won this game for themselves, first of all, but also for the fans because they would have deserved it. The fans were just exceptional tonight."

Defensively-mean Red Devils - the key stats

  • Since winning their final Europa League group game against Zorya Luhansk in December, United have conceded just seven goals in 18 games, winning 14.
  • Man Utd have kept four successive clean sheets in European competition for the first time since December 2013.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been involved in five goals in his last six games for Man Utd in all competitions (three goals, two assists).
  • Man Utd have scored in all but one of their last 26 games in all competitions (0-0 v Hull on 1 February).

Line-ups

Saint-Étienne

  • 16Ruffier
  • 25MalcuitBooked at 84mins
  • 2Théophile-Catherine
  • 24Perrin
  • 19Pogba
  • 14VeretoutSubstituted forLemoineat 68'minutes
  • 5Pajot
  • 21Hamouma
  • 11SaivetSubstituted forBarbosa Intimaat 54'minutes
  • 22Monnet-Paquet
  • 27BericSubstituted forRouxat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lacroix
  • 9Roux
  • 17Selnaes
  • 18Lemoine
  • 26Barbosa Intima
  • 30Moulin
  • 31Pierre Gabriel

Man Utd

  • 20Romero
  • 18Young
  • 3BaillyBooked at 63mins
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 27Fellaini
  • 16CarrickSubstituted forSchweinsteigerat 62'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 8MataSubstituted forRojoat 64'minutes
  • 9Ibrahimovic
  • 22MkhitaryanSubstituted forRashfordat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 5Rojo
  • 11Martial
  • 14Lingard
  • 19Rashford
  • 25A Valencia
  • 31Schweinsteiger
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin
Attendance:
41,492

Match Stats

Home TeamSaint-ÉtienneAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, St Etienne 0, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St Etienne 0, Manchester United 1.

Attempt saved. Jorginho (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Ashley Young.

Offside, St Etienne. Fabien Lemoine tries a through ball, but Kévin Monnet-Paquet is caught offside.

Foul by Vincent Pajot (St Etienne).

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, St Etienne. Florentin Pogba tries a through ball, but Nolan Roux is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Booking

Kevin Malcuit (St Etienne) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Vincent Pajot (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Jorginho (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Offside, St Etienne. Kévin Théophile-Catherine tries a through ball, but Romain Hamouma is caught offside.

Vincent Pajot (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Offside, Manchester United. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kévin Monnet-Paquet.

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Loic Perrin (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Stéphane Ruffier.

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Kevin Malcuit.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Stéphane Ruffier.

Attempt missed. Florentin Pogba (St Etienne) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, St Etienne. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Attempt blocked. Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Florentin Pogba.

Substitution

Substitution, St Etienne. Fabien Lemoine replaces Jordan Veretout.

Offside, Manchester United. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Ashley Young is caught offside.

Foul by Vincent Pajot (St Etienne).

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Veretout.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Veretout (St Etienne) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Hamouma.

Attempt blocked. Vincent Pajot (St Etienne) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Florentin Pogba.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe641186213
2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nic640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz 056231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6402139412
2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakt Donsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3FC RB Salzb62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Buc613257-26
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