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Man United eased into the last 16 of the Europa League with a comfortable second leg win over Saint-Etienne.

United started sharply in the game and opened the scoring in the 16th minute through Henrick Mkhitaryan. It was a deft flick from Juan Mata’s cross at the near post, guiding the ball low into the net. This left Saint-Etienne needing five goals. But, Mkhitaryan’s game was cut short as he went off injured and could be out of Sunday’s EFL Cup final. There wasn’t much more action in the rest of the the first half apart from a Loic Perrin header which was easily held by Sergio Romero.


United were comfortable throughout, even though they made six changes to their team. They didn’t look threatened at all by their opponents and even could’ve scored another. Marcus Rashford poked wide when in a good position. In the 63rd minute, Eric Bailly was sent off for a second yellow card, but United still eased to victory. Jose Mourinho was clearly unhappy with the second yellow card, claiming it was a dive.


With Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Pogba included in the team, it looked as though Mourinho still thought there was work to do. With the injury to Mkhitaryan, it could pave the way for Wayne Rooney to figure more prominently in the EFL Cup final. Almost nine years have past since the last European trophy, but this year could end that wait. United have now won five matches in a row. 


Next up for United is the EFL Cup final on Sunday, the 26 February. Hopefully they can win their first trophy of the season. They have FC Rostov in the last 16 of the Europa League.

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