Manchester United get St Etienne in Europa League as Spurs to face Gent
MANCHESTER UNITED will play French side St Etienne in the last-32 of the Europa League.
United qualified as Group A runners-up and were paired with Christophe Galtier's team, who beat Anderlecht in their final Group C game to pip the Belgian outfit to top spot. Tottenham were handed the short trip to Belgium to face Group H runners-up Gent, who qualified by winning their final match against Konyaspor.
United boss Jose Mourinho welcomed the short trip to France after a Group A campaign which saw his side travel to Turkey and Ukraine to face Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk respectively.
"The good thing is the travel," he said.
"We were very unlucky in the group stage... now we go to France."
The tie pits United's Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive player, against his brother Florentin who plays in Les Verts' defence: "It's nice, it's a nice thing," said Mourinho.
"Paul will be laughing and, for sure, his brother will also be laughing. I think it's nice, it's happened in the history of football a few times and it's nice."
Florentin Pogba posted a split-screen picture on Instagram of himself and his brother, captioned: "POGBA (v) POGBA £thankgod £lapogbance £6 £19 £asse(v)manutd £uel"
EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-OF-32
Athletic Bilbao v Apoel Nicosia; Legia Warsaw v Ajax; Anderlecht v Zenit St Petersburg; FC Astra Giurgiu v Genk; Man Utd v St Etienne; Villarreal v Roma; Ludogorets v FC Copenhagen; Celta Vigo v Shakhtar Donetsk; Olympiacos v Osmanlispor; AA Gent v Tottenham; Rostov v Sparta Prague; Krasnodar v Fenerbahce; Borussia M'gladbach v Fiorentina; AZ v Lyon; Hapoel Beer Sheva v Besiktas; PAOK Salonika v Schalke 04
Ties to be played February 16 & 23.