A big Zlatan allows Manchester United to win

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic shined against Saint-Etienne last night. He scored 3 goals in a 3-0 victory that gives a big advantage to the Mancunians before the return game.

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In a difficult confrontation, Manchester United won its first leg of Europa League last-32 clash against Saint Etienne 3-0. At Old Traford, Jose Mourinho’s team took advantage of the hat trick of its Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. One more time, his favourite victim Stephane Ruffier couldn’t do anything to prevent the former PSG player from having fun.

In fact, the meeting between Zlatan and Saint-Etienne turns everytime to the advantage of the Swedish player. In 14 games against the Stéphanois, Ibrahimovic scored 17 times in France. With 23 goals this season, he is the best scorer in England in all competitions. For the sixth consecutive time, Ibrahimovic will surely break the 30 goals record this a season. At 35 years old, it’s a remarkable performance for a player who has not yet won a European title in his career.

“It feels good. I got a lot of help from my teammates. We played an open game today and it was important to get a good result so we can take it into the second leg. We won 3-0 and I got to score the three goals so I am happy for that.”

Red Devils are definitely the leading team of the tournament, with Rome and Shakhtar Donetsk. Paul Pogba’s partners are motivated to win the Europa League, for the first time in Manchester. After a few difficult years, the Mancunians could realize this year a perfect return to the European scene.

Guillaume Lanchard, IEJ3C

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