• Manchester United ensure progress into Europa League last 16 with slender victory.
  • Mkhitaryan opened the scoring after 15 minutes after connecting with Mata's cross.
  • The Armenian was withdrawn soon after after seemingly suffering a thigh injury.
  • Defender Eric Bailly was sent off harshly for two yellow card offences.
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Full-time: Saint Etienne 0-1 Manchester United

A game bereft of quality but Manchester United got the job done and ease through to the last-16. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal early in the first half ended the tie as a contest, with Saint-Etienne failing to cause Sergio Romero any real trouble. Eric Bailly was sent off harshly in the second half but United were already home and dry.

United could have extended their advantage through Marcus Rashford and Ibrahimovic, but their main concern from the game was Mkhitaryan's injury. The Armenian hobbled off soon after scoring with a thigh injury and is now a doubt for his side's EFL Cup final against Southampton.

That's all she wrote for this blog, but do head over to our other one where we will be running the rule over tonight's Champions League action.

Have a very good evening.

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We're into three minutes of stoppage time. The tempo has faded but the Saint-Etienne supporters are as vociferous as ever. Quite commendable really, given the dross they have had to endure.


Pogba sprays the ball wide to Young, who takes his time and delivers a teasing ball that finds Rashford. The young forward can't sort out his feet out in time and the ball trickles out for a goal kick.


Schweinsteiger tries his luck from the edge of the area after some spellbinding footwork from Pogba but he can't find the net. Just over five minutes left to play.


Fellaini gives away a cheap foul after clumsily taking out Pajot. Very uncharacteristic from the Belgian, who just isn't that sort of player.

Ibrahimovic bursts down the right channel and almost finds Pogba, but his cross is cut out just in time.


Pogba's delightfully scooped pass is met by Ibrahimovic, who drags his shot wide of the right post. Hamouma tries to respond for the French side but his effort sails high over the bar.


Rashford comes so close to making it two but is denied by the legs of Ruffier. He is tearing away from Malcuit with gay abandon, and Blind is always on the lookout for a lobbed pass. 0-1, 15 minutes to go.


Florentin Pogba smacks a shot in anger. Never troubling Romero. Etienne's Pogba then gives away a cheap corner that Manchester United's Pogba almost nods in, but his header glances wide via a deflection.


Third and final change for Saint-Etienne as Lemoine replaces Veretout. Just over 20 minutes left for United, who are unphased by Bailly's dismissal.

Blind almost finds Ibrahimovic unmarked in the box but Perrin manages to get an all important touch on the cross.


So soon after picking up his first yellow Bailly is shown his marching orders for a rather innocuous foul on Hamouma. Seemed harsh on the Ivorian, and the replays confirmed that.

Rojo immediately brought on for Mata, Mourinho acting fast.


RED CARD! Bailly sent off for Manchester United.


Second United change as Carrick is replaced by Schweinsteiger. The veteran is no doubt being saved for the EFL Cup final, with this tie already won.


Lille make another change as Nolan Roux replaces the incredibly anonymous Beric.

Pogba unleashes a fizzing shot that Ruffier has to gather. Anywhere to the keeper's side and that would've been 2-0. Bailly shown a yellow for an erratic tackle on Hamouma.


Shouts for a penalty waved away as Pogba is nudged by Malcuit. A tad silly from the defender, you've certainly seen them given.

United look for a second as Mata finds Fellaini in space but the Belgian can only find the side netting.


Hamouma stands over a free-kick in a dangerous position but slips as he is about to take it and watches the ball drift harmlessly wide. Sums up Saint-Etienne's evening.


First change from Galtier as Saivet is replaced by Jorge Intima. 10 minutes gone in the second half, plain sailing for Manchester United.


Rashford has the beating of Malcuit all day long. The young forward drives past the right-back again but just overruns the ball, giving Ruffier the opportunity to smother.


Rashford drives into the box but is just about stopped by Malcuit, who tackles for a corner. United work it short but Blind's cross comes to nothing.


Rashford almost latches onto a hopeful Young ball but Perrin just about snuffs out the danger. Blind is then frustrated after fouling Saivet but the resulting free-kick comes to nothing.


Second half underway. Will we see an improvement, or will Mourinho's men coast to the last 16?

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Jubilation for United, but despair for Saint-Etienne.

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A dreadful first half, in truth. United have been the better side but they have created little, while Saint-Etienne have not troubled Romero whatsoever.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal is the difference between the two sides so far. The Armenian deftly poked in a brilliant Mata delivery but had to be withdrawn shortly after with what looked like a thigh problem.

Let's hope for a better second half, though the writing is on the wall for Saint-Etienne, who need to score five in order to go through.


Half-time: Saint-Etienne 0-1 Manchester United


Hamouma goes down pathetically after being shrugged off the ball by Ibrahimovic. Very irritating to see, and he's not the first Etienne player to try and con the referee this evening.