Manchester United drawn against Saint-Étienne in Europa League last 32

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action

Manchester United will play the French side Saint-Étienne in the last 32 of the Europa League.

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United qualified as Group A runners-up and were paired with Christophe Galtier’s team, who defeated Anderlecht in their final Group C game to pip the Belgian club to top spot.

The tie means a potential meeting of the Pogba brothers – Paul, who joined United from Juventus in the summer for a world-record £93.2m fee, and Florentin Pogba, who is three years older than his illustrious sibling and has played for Saint‑Étienne, who are eighth in Ligue 1, for the past four years.

“That’s a nice thing. Paul was already laughing about it and for sure his brother is also laughing. It has happened a few times in the history football and it’s a nice thing,” said José Mourinho, the United manager. “Then the good thing is the travel distance. We were very unlucky in the group phase, we had to go very far, it was very difficult to go to Turkey, Ukraine.

“Now we go to France because the flight is easy and it’s not an easy period, there are lots of games, so that is good. Then Saint-Étienne is an historic old club with lots of tradition. People of my generation will never forget that [Michel] Platini team and it will be difficult because every team now is a good team in the competition.

“For sure, Manchester United is one of the big names in the competition but we have two months without the Europa League, two months to forget it, then we will see.”

Tottenham Hotspur were handed the short trip to Belgium to face the Group H runners-up Gent, who qualified by winning their final match against Konyaspor. Spurs dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group.

United and Spurs faced each other at Old Trafford at the weekend, with the hosts winning 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian was later taken off on a stretcher following a challenge from Danny Rose.

“Hopefully he can play at Christmas [Boxing Day],” Mourinho said. “When I saw the tackle on TV I was a bit scared. It’s a pity he misses matches in his best period.”

Europa League last 32

Manchester United v Saint-Étienne

AA Gent v Tottenham Hotspur

Athletic Bilbao v Apoel Nicosia

Legia Warsaw v Ajax

Anderlecht v Zenit St Petersburg

FC Astra Giurgiu v Genk

Villarreal v Roma

Ludogorets v FC Copenhagen

Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Donetsk

Olympiacos v Osmanlispor

Rostov v Sparta Prague

Krasnodar v Fenerbahce

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Fiorentina

AZ v Lyon

Hapoel Beer Sheva v Besiktas

PAOK Salonika v Schalke 04

Ties to be played on 16 and 23 February

Powered by article was written by Jamie Jackson and Guardian sport, for The Guardian on Monday 12th December 2016 12.56 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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