Manchester United look to have booked their slot in the last 16 of the Europa League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne. The return leg is obviously a hurdle Jose Mourinho’s side have to overcome, but considering Les Verts’ tally of 33 league goals – the lowest in the French top tier’s top six – it seems unlikely they will have the mix of firepower and defensive solidity to secure the scoreline they need.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted all three of the Red Devils’ strikes at Old Trafford and has, quite rightly, been lauded as the Man of the Match, but although the 35-year-old was vital in his role on the night, Ander Herrera in midfield was just as important once again.
The Spaniard once again did the hard work in the middle of the pitch, with his 108 touches and 93 passes the highest returns of any player on the turf in Manchester. On top of that, he was Man United’s joint top tackler with five made, while his three interceptions and two fouls illustrate how involved in the play he was across the 90 minutes.