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Saint Etienne Vs Manchester United 0-1 — Goals & Stats

Saint Etienne Vs Manchester United

The Armenian international put the tie to bed with his first-half strike, although his game was cut shortly after, while Eric Bailly was booked twice

Manchester United won the Europa League Cup in the 16th round of the Europa League World Cup, while the winner Henrikh Mkhitaryan left boss José Mourinho with a concern for injury.

The sight of the Armenian captain - who continued his recent form with a Juan Mata goal at the crossroads - the departure before half an hour with an apparent hamstring problem was far from being welcomed with Sunday EFL Cup final Against Southampton on the horizon.

The possibility of Mourinho's tactical substitutions with an eye on this date from Wembley was still limited when center-back Eric Bailly was booked for two faults on Romain Hamouma in the space of three minutes unnecessarily rash in the second half.

This means that Côte d'Ivoire International will be suspended when United will start his last draw and his manager will be delighted to see the rest of the action at a good Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pass without incident.

Unlike the raucous noise made by home support, United played with an easy check that meant there was little to report until they opened the score in the 16th minute.

Mata mixed in space on the left to bend into a sumptuous center, leaving Mkhitaryan to apply a nicely skilled finish.

The joy of former Borussia Dortmund was nevertheless short, as he gave way to Marcus Rashford and headed straight into the tunnel within 10 minutes of his sixth goal this season.

Rashford and Mata saw a bass cross from Ashley Young brightening light beyond them as Saint-Etienne seemed ripe to be opened open when it suited Mourinho's men to do it.

A challenge from the united goalkeeper Sergio Romero to thwart Kevin Monnet-Paquet gave the hosts some encouragement before the interval, proudly their only remaining concern.

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