Manchester United v St-Étienne background

Manchester United's next step towards securing the only major UEFA trophy they have never won brings them face-to-face with Saint-Étienne, who they last met in 1977.

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Manchester United have not lost in 12 UEFA home games against French opponents, but Saint-Étienne will hope 13 is their lucky number in what could be a Pogba v Pogba encounter in the round of 32.

Previous meetings
• The clubs met in the first round of the 1977/78 European Cup Winners' Cup. Dave Sexton's United earned a 1-1 draw in the first leg in France, but were ordered to play the return leg against Robert Herbin's side at least 200km from Manchester due to crowd trouble.

• They won that return fixture 2-0 at Home Park, Plymouth, Stuart Pearson and Steve Coppell the scorers.

• United have never lost a home match against French opponents (W9 D3). Their overall record in 24 UEFA games against French teams is W12 D10 L2.

See what happened the last time Man. United met French opposition
What happened the last time United met French opposition?

• St-Étienne's six games against English sides have ended W1 D1 L4 – they have lost on all three of their previous trips to England.

Form guide
• United have won all three of their European home matches this season and are unbeaten in 14 UEFA games at Old Trafford (W11 D3) since a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in March 2013.

• St-Étienne are undefeated in ten European games this season (W5 D5).

• United reached the last 16 in 2015/16, but the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League remains the only major UEFA trophy they have not won. Continental champions in 1968, 1999 and 2008, the Red Devils lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991.

Michael Lang (Basel) & Franck Tabanou (St-Étienne)
St-Étienne succumbed to Basel at this stage last year©AFP/Getty Images

• Losing European Cup finalists in 1976, St-Étienne were eliminated in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32 by Basel. Their best campaigns in this competition ended in the quarter-finals in 1980 and 1981.

Links and trivia
• The journey from St-Etienne to Manchester is around 1,000km.

• United's Paul Pogba is likely to come up against his older brother, St-Étienne defender Florentin Pogba. They have never met in a competitive game at club level.

• United's Zlatan Ibrahimović enjoyed playing St-Étienne during his time in France; he scored 14 goals in 13 games against Les Verts in all competitions.

• Before making his breakthrough at Monaco, United's Anthony Martial signed his first professional contract with St-Étienne's main rivals, Lyon. His record in two games against Les Verts with Monaco is D1 L1 – he scored in the 1-1 draw against St-Étienne in April 2015.

Pogba v Pogba and other brotherly battles
Pogba v Pogba and other brotherly battles

• United's Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney played at St-Étienne's Stade Geoffroy Guichard in England's 0-0 draw against Slovakia at UEFA EURO 2016. Old Trafford team-mate Marcus Rashford was an unused substitute.

The coaches
• José Mourinho took over as United boss last summer. Having made his name winning the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League with Porto, he lifted Europe's top club prize again with Internazionale Milano as well as three Premier League titles during two stints at Chelsea.

• In Mourinho's last foray in this competition, he guided Porto to the 2003 UEFA Cup final, where they edged Celtic 3-2 in Seville.

• St-Étienne coach since 2009, Christophe Galtier steered Les Verts to French League Cup success in 2012/13. He worked as assistant to Alain Perrin at St-Étienne prior to getting the top job. Originally a defender, he started his playing career at home-town club Marseille.