Europa League favourites United breeze into last 16

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s early goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over St Etienne, which meant a 4-0 aggregate win for the Europa League favourites.

Jose Mourinho’s side were already favourites to win the European crown, but they are now just 11/4 – cut from 3/1 – following their latest success.

Mkhitaryan grabbed the only goal just 17-minutes in when he just touched home Juan Mata’s cross but his night ended not long after as he was forced off with an injury.

United managed to hold on, but hat was with ten-men as Eric Bailly picked up two yellow cards in three minutes around the hour mark.

Michael Carrick also picked up an injury on the night, and now both he and Mkhitaryan are major doubts for the EFL Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.

“I don’t say definite but with a hamstring and a calf three days is not much time,” he said of the pair when asked if they would be available to face Southampton.

BetVictor now list United as firm favourites following the win in France.

Their head of Head of ante post Football Michael Triffitt said: “Well backed ante post favourites Manchester United are 11/4 from 3/1 to lift the Europa League after a comfortable 1-0 win in St Etienne tonight helped them progress to the last sixteen 4-0 on aggregate.

“The Red Devils are now just 20/1 to complete the three cup treble, namely the League Cup, FA  Cup and Europa league.”


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