UEL: Manchester United v Saint-Etienne preview

Manchester United v Saint-Etienne preview

Phil Jones will miss out once again when Manchester United host St Etienne in their Europa League last-32, first leg on Thursday.

The defender has been absent since suffering a foot injury against Hull in the Premier League on February 1.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind - the back four that started against Watford - will keep their places.
The United boss may look to rotate further up the pitch with a busy fixture list ahead of their EFL Cup final against Southampton on February 26, live on Sky Sports.

United face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday before travelling to France for the return leg against St Etienne.

The French side, who currently sit fifth in Ligue 1, went unbeaten as they qualified top of Europa League Group C.

The first-leg tie will see United midfielder Paul Pogba face his older brother Florentin, who has described his younger sibling as "irritable when it comes to losing".
Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick will miss the game as a precaution due to minor muscular issues, while a foot injury ensures Jones is sidelined.

Mourinho has also revealed Luke Shaw will not start, with Valencia, Bailly, Smalling and Blind making up United's defence.

Marcos Rojo is available having been substituted at half-time of United's 3-0 win over Leicester.

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