Date: 23rd February 2017 at 7:41am
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United reach the last sixteen of the Europa League but at a price!

Ahead of the kick-off we all hoped, having won the first leg at Old Trafford 3-0, the second leg, in France, would be a formality.

Thankfully, a goal in the first half ensured that was the case, but the victory came at a price with both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick picking up injuries that will rule them out of the EFL Cup Final, against Southampton this Sunday.

United, in front of a partisan crowd, started the better of the two teams and when Henrikh Mhkitaryan flicked in a cross from Juan Mata, who was having a very influential game, it saw the French side needing to score fiver times to go through, which was never going to happen.

Unfortunately, shortly after scoring Mkhitaryan limped out of the action clutching his hamstring, a blow for Jose Mourinho ahead of the aforementioned EFL Cup Final.

Saint-Etienne rarely threatened with the closest they came to troubling Sergio Romero, in the Manchester United goal, was a header from Loic Perrin.

Manchester United continued to look comfortable throughout and the only real blot on what was a good European performance came when Eric Bailly committed what the referee perceived to be, two yellow card offences in the space of three minutes and was forced to take the long walk back to the dressing room.

Marcus Rashford had a decent chance to double the lead late on but the young striker poked his effort wide when in a good position.

But it was a case of job done and now Manchester United wait to see who their opponents will be in the last-16 of the competition.