The saviour of our season (ask Maradona10)
- Nov 5, 2016
Date - Wednesday, February 22 2017
Kickoff Time - 1700 Hrs GMT
Venue - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Europa League form guide
Manchester United: WLWWW
Manchester United 3 : 0 Saint-Étienne
Manchester United 2 : 0 Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne 1 : 1 Manchester United
Manchester United wins: 2
Saint-Étienne wins: 0
Joel Pereira, Phil Jones (both injured) and Wayne Rooney (recovering) out. Matteo Darmian & Luke Shaw stayed in Manchester. Ander Herrera suspended.
Alexander Søderlund, Cheikh M’Bengue and Oussama Tannane doubtful (injuries).
Know the opposition
Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire (commonly known as AS Saint-Étienne, ASSE, or simply Saint-Étienne) is a French professional football club based in Saint-Étienne, playing in the Ligue 1. AS Saint-Étienne was founded in 1919 by employees of the Saint-Étienne based grocey store chain Groupe Casino under the name Amicale des Employés de la Société des Magasins Casino (ASC). The club adopted green as its primary color mainly due to it being the principal color of Casino.
Saint-Étienne is, arguably, the most successful club in French football history having won ten Ligue 1 titles, six Coupe de France titles, a Coupe de la Ligue title and five Trophée des Champions. The club's ten league titles are the most professional league titles won by a French club, while the six cup victories places the club third among most Coupe de France titles. The club achieved most of its honours in the 1960s and 1970s when the club was led by managers Jean Snella, Albert Batteaux, Robert Herbin - and players like French legend Michel Platini, Dominique Rocheteau, Bernard Bosquier and Hervé Revelli.
Saint-Étienne's most prominent rivals include Olympique Lyonnais (with matches between them referred to as the Derby Rhônealpin) and Nantes. They play their home games at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Deniz Aytekin (GER).
Why is this played on a Wednesday?
Lyon (50 km from Saint-Étienne) also play their 2nd leg Europa League match at home, so due to a fierce rivalry between the two clubs, this tie has been moved to Wednesday for security reasons. The match kicks off at 17:00 GMT to avoid clashing with the evening’s Champions League fixtures.