Here is how we predict Manchester United and St Etienne will line up this week:

To be played on Thursday 16th February 2017 at 20:05. Venue: ,

Odds: Man Utd 1/4, Draw 4/1, St-Étienne 10/1

Manchester United continue to battle on four fronts as they return to Europa League action this week.

Jose Mourinho’s side take on French club St Etienne in the first knockout round of Europe’s second competition and with the first leg at Old Trafford they will be desperate to build up a comfortable lead before a tricky away tie later this month.

In early team news, United are without Phil Jones due to a foot injury while Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a minor doubt with a knock but has a 75 per cent chance of being fit if called upon.

It will be interesting to see just how strong United are on Thursday evening, given that their next Premier League game is weeks away and they have a FA Cup fifth round tie against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

United are likely to make changes from the team that defeated Watford last time out, while still ensuring they have the players on hand to put the tie to bed sooner rather than later.

With all that in mind here is how we expect United to line up against St Etienne:

Man Utd predicted lineup

  • David de Gea
  • Eric Bailly
  • Matteo Darmian
  • Luke Shaw
  • Chris Smalling
  • Michael Carrick
  • Ander Herrera
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • Paul Pogba
  • Anthony Martial
  • Wayne Rooney

St-Étienne predicted lineup

  • Stéphane Ruffier
  • Léo Lacroix
  • Kévin Malcuit
  • Florentin Pogba
  • Pierre-Yves Polomat
  • Kévin Théophile-Catherine
  • Bryan Dabo
  • Arnaud Nordin
  • Henri Saivet
  • Kévin Monnet-Paquet
  • Alexander Søderlund

In other news, Report: Arturo Vidal joining Newcastle depends on Massimiliano Allegri appointment