Published: Thu, December 15, 2016
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Pogba-Pogba in Europa League when United meets Saint-Etienne

Pogba-Pogba in Europa League when United meets Saint-Etienne

There are not many familiar faces in any Europa League draw for Manchester United, but on Monday they were matched with Saint-Etienne in the round of 32 to provide Paul Pogba with a pair of meetings with his brother Florentin in February.

Jose Mourinho's side finished second in their group behind Fenerbahce, which means they were liable to face more high-profile seeded teams like Athletic Bilbao or Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Saint-Etienne's French defender Florentin Pogba (R) vies with Guinguamp's French midfielder Etienne Didot (L) during the French L1 football match between Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Guinguamp (EAG) on December 11, 2016 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne, central eastern France.

'Then the good thing is the travel distance.

"That's a nice thing (that Paul will face Florentin)", Mourinho said ahead of United's clash with Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Mourinho will not be asking Pogba for too much advice however: "Paul was already laughing about it and for sure his brother is also laughing". We were very unlucky in the group phase, we had to go very far, it was very hard to go to Turkey and Ukraine.

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And news of facing Tottenham seemed to have captured the attention of Gent's public as well.

"Maybe the experience of the Champions League will help".

There are, however, many compelling reasons for United to take the Europa League seriously.

The Ligue 1 outfit are unbeaten so far in European competition this season and topped Group C after three wins and three draws.

On Monday, Spurs were drawn to play the Belgian club in the Europa League round of 32, with the first leg set to be contested at the Ghelamco Arena on 16 February before Spurs host their opponents at Wembley a week later.

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