Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Hat-Trick Puts Red Devils In Command Of Europa League [Watch Highlights]

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Jose Mourinho may have picked a strong team, but the Europa League still hasn’t caught the imagination of Manchester United’s fans. A place in the last 16 was up for grabs and the tournament also offers United their best chance to return to the Champions League.
But once the smoke from the flares set off by St Etienne’s fans had cleared, there were swathes of empty seats in Old Trafford’s top tiers.
United do deserve credit for giving local schools cheap deals on tickets to give a new generation of fans a taste of the big-game atmosphere.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic loves playing against St Etienne. Manchester United’s striker took his tally against his personal whipping boys to 17 goals in 14 games with his priceless double.

The free-kick he scored to put United ahead may have taken a huge deflection off French defender Vincent Pajot, but the Swede star lay claim to the goal immediately.

There were no doubts about his second or third. Ibrahimovic has scored more goals against St Etienne than any other club – and it will take a brave soul at UEFA to tell him that last night’s opening effort was an own goal.

Paul Pogba is among the Manchester Untied stars to arrive at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester ahead of tonight’s game. The £89million midfielder is set to start against his brother, Florentin, for the first time.
Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David De Gea were also spotted, but there was no Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United moved a step closer to the last 16 of the Europa League thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘s hat-trick.

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The Swedish striker scored a goal in each half as United claimed a vital first-leg advantage ahead of next week’s return in central France.

Ibra gave United to lead in the 15 minute with a deflected free-kick.

He found the target again 15 minutes from the end, when he swooped on Marcus Rashford’s brilliant cross to fire home.

And Zlatan completed his treble from the penalty spot nine minutes from time after being fouled by Kevin Theopile-Catherine.

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