Man United - Saint-Étienne

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1-0 Zlatan | 2-0 Zlatan | 3-0 Zlatan (PG)

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FT | In the end, it was a comfortable evening for United, who were easily able to weather a minor Etienne storm in the first half and deservedly leave with a three-goal lead that should mean that they are safely into the next round of the competition. They were comfortably the better of the two sides during the second period and made Etienne pay for some sloppy defending, leaving them with what should be an easy job to complete next week.

'88 | GOAL! | Manchester United – Saint-Étienne 3-0. Zlatan! Ibrahimovic steps up and easily wraps up his hat-trick as he sends Ruffier the wrong way and fires a lovely low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

'86 | PENALTY! | Penalty to United! Ibrahimovic, who has been in great form this evening, muscles his way into the Etienne penalty area before being clumsily caught from behind by Theophile-Catherine, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.

'75 | GOAL! | Manchester United – Saint-Étienne 2-0. Zlatan! Ibrahimovic has doubled United's lead! Rashford makes a great run forward as he skips into the Etienne penalty area and towards the near post. He then fires a low pass across the face of goal that Ruffier can only palm out to Ibrahimovic, who is then easily able to tap the ball into the back of the net from a few yards out.

'72 | What a chance for Roux to equalise for Etienne! Selnaes is immediately called into action as he pokes a great pass into the path of Roux, but the forward is unable to chip the ball into the back of the net after beating Romero with his close-range strike.

'69 | Paul Pogba hits the crossbar! Martial is fouled as he tries to fly forward, resulting in a free-kick for United in a dangerous position. It's curled into the penalty area and finds Pogba at the far post, but his bullet header smashes off the crossbar after beating the outstretched hand of Ruffier.

'63 | Chance for Paul Pogba! The midfielder beautifully spins round Veretout just outside of the Etienne penalty area before trying to beat Ruffier with a curling strike, but the goalkeeper dives well to his right to deny the United man with a fine save.

'58 | Valencia goes close! Ibrahimovic out-muscles his marker on the edge of the box before teeing up Valencia to his right, but the full-back's thumping strike is deflected just wide of the far post and out for a corner.

'53 | Almost a lovely goal for Martial! The Frenchman embarks on a wonderful run as he skips into the Etienne box. He easily beats Malcuit before taking on Ruffier, but the goalkeeper pulls off a strong save to deny the winger at the near post.

'49 | Disallowed! Ibrahimovic scores, but it's ruled out for offside! Mata cuts inside from the right wing and fires a great cross into the middle of the Etienne penalty area. It swings into the box and picks out Ibrahimovic, who then beats Ruffier with a bullet header, but the striker is slightly offside and the linesman's flag is quickly raised.

'46 | We are back underway in the second half!

HT | It hasn't been the best of first-half performances from United, but they nonetheless find themselves with a one-goal lead heading into the half-time break. They've arguably been the better of the two sides despite dropping off late on, and the half-time break certainly came at a good time for them as Etienne started to find more joy pushing forward. Hamouma and Monnet-Paquet have impressed in front of goal, whilst Malcuit has started finding some space deep down the right wing.

'39 | Another important block by Bailly! A looping cross flies into the United penalty area and finds Hamouma in a promising position in front of goal. The striker immediately unleashes a well-timed half-volley, but Bailly is there to close down the danger once again.

'33 | Ibrahimovic receives a low pass 25 yards away from the Etienne goal and quickly chips a pass into the French side's penalty area. It looks set to bounce into the path of Mata in front of goal, but the Spaniard is beaten to the ball by Kevin Theophile-Catherine and loses out to the centre-back at the near post.

'29 | Saivet goes close to equalising! A pass from Paul Pogba can only find his brother, and the full-back quickly kick-starts a swift counter-attack. Hamouma darts down the left wing on a great run before cutting inside and finding Saivet, but the on-loan forward can't find the bottom left-hand corner of the net with his toe-poked shot.

'25 | What a chance for Mata! A lovely chipped pass from Pogba flies through the Etienne back line and finds Mata unmarked in front of goal. The Spaniard meets the ball well and immediately fires a volleyed strike towards goal, but Ruffier pulls off a great diving save to deny him the second goal of the game.

'21 | Etienne are able to string together a good series of passes before Malcuit cuts inside from the right flank and tries to take on Paul Pogba. He's unable to beat the United man, however, and the midfielder easily wins the ball back for the home side.

'15 | GOAL! | Man United – Saint-Étienne 1-0. Zlatan! It's 1-0 to United! Ibrahimovic steps up and unleashes a low shot from the set-piece that flies into the wall in front of him. It deflects off the ankle of Vincent Pajot and towards goal, and, somehow, the ball rolls slowly past both Loic Perrin and Ruffier and into the back of the net.

'9 | Chance for Anthony Martial! An Etienne attack breaks down, allowing United to counter quickly. They do so through Ibrahimovic, who charges down the left wing before teeing up Martial, but the Frenchman is unable to beat Stephane Ruffier with his curling shot from 25 yards out.

'2 | United embark on a good start to the game as they put Etienne under plenty of early pressure. A poor pass from Eric Bailly seems the lose the ball, however, but Kevin Monnet-Paquet's low cross from the left-hand side of the hosts' penalty area is well cleared by the Ivorian centre-back.

KICK-OFF | We're off!

XI Man United | Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Fellaini, Paul Pogba; Mata, Ibrahimovic, Martial.

XI Saint-Étienne | Ruffier; Malcuit, Theophile-Catherine, Perrin, Florentin Pogba; Veretout, Pajot; Jorginho, Saivet, Monnet-Paquet; Hamouma.