Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:17AM
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first-leg football match between Manchester United and Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on February 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first-leg football match between Manchester United and Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on February 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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Manchester United have cruised past French side Saint-Etienne 3-nil at Old Trafford in the first leg of their last-32 tie in the Europa League, thanks to a hat-trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovich.

15 minutes from time and against the run of play, Ibrahimovich capitalized on a deflected free-kick to turn things around for his side.

In the second half however, United were in control and extended their lead in the 75th minute when Zlatan tapped home from close range before being on target again and netting his first United hat-trick with a late penalty.