Manchester United will go into the second-leg of their Europa League tie confident of making it to the next round, after a 3-0 win against St Etienne.

Much of the pre-match chatter was about the Pogba family, with Paul Pogba lining up against older brother Florentin for the first time in his professional career.

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However Zlatan took centre stage and snatched the post-match headlines after an impressive treble. United are now in a comfortable position and but for a sizeable meltdown, should progress into the last 16.

Tonight’s result means United now have the opportunity to rest a number of first team players in the next leg, ahead of what is fast becoming a busy fixture schedule.

But Mourinho has already suggested that he will field a strong side in the second-leg next Wednesday. He said: “I don’t want football to punish me so I will go with a strong team in the second leg.”

One player United will be without is Ander Herrera, who will be suspended after picking up a booking tonight.

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The Europa League is a competition United are capable of winning and it also provides an alternative route into the Champions League. With the top 4 places in the Premier League so hotly contested, United cannot afford to take the Europa League lightly.

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