Do you want some Europa League tips? The Europa League knockout phase kicks off on Thursday with one of the most intriguing match-ups taking place at Old Trafford. Both Manchester United and St Etienne have glorious histories but one of the real talking points will be the meeting between the Pogba brothers. Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive footballer, plays for Manchester United while his older brother Florentin Pogba lines up for the French side. Check out our Europa League tips for this game and more.
Manchester United v St Etienne Europa League Tips and Analysis
Manchester United are quietly building a side that is going places. While the talk of the Premier League has been about Chelsea romping away with the title, Manchester United have steadily built after a slow start and have gone sixteen games unbeaten in the league since losing to Chelsea at the end of October. While seven of those games have been draws their steady form has pushed them to within four points of second-placed city rivals Manchester City.
A lot of that those great results are down to various summer signings. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 20 goals since coming to Old Trafford while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has steadily grown in influence in the Manchester United midfield. Paul Pogba has had a lot to live up to but the €105million player has scored 7 goals and laid on four assists since his return to the Red Devils and is now looking worth every penny – all these players and more make Man Utd the Europa League tips to progress.
St Etienne have had a mixed bag of results of late. At home in France they’ve been beaten only once in Ligue 1 but they have only won three times away in the league. In recent weeks they have lost to Nice and Auxerre and drawn with Lille. They lie fifth in the table, but are a huge 14 points behind Nice in third place and are realistically competing for a Europa League slot with Lyon.
Florentin Pogba normally plays at centre-back for St Etienne but slotted in at left-back for their 4-0 win over Lorient. It’s not clear where he will play in this game but it’s almost guaranteed he will start.
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