Date: 17th February 2017 at 10:25am
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Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne but Tottenham suffered a surprise defeat in Gent as the Europa League returned on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho’s United, who have the League Cup final to look forward to next Sunday, took the lead after quarter of an hour at Old Trafford when in-form striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free-kick was deflected past the helpless Stephane Ruffier in the visiting goal.

The Swedish star then helped himself to two more goals in the second half as the Red Devils opened up a commanding lead over the French outfit ahead of Wednesday’s return leg at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

While United have given themselves a cushion ahead of the second leg, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have by contrast got it all to do after meekly going down 1-0 to Belgian outfit Gent, who currently sit eighth in the Belgian top-flight.

The North London side, who lined up with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli in their side, were second-best and well off the pace throughout the contest, and deservedly fell behind when Jeremy Perbet slotted home just before the hour mark.

It means that Spurs will have to respond at Wembley next week, a ground where they lost two of their three Champions League matches earlier this season, if they are to make it through to the last 16.

Unsurprisingly, many supporters took to social media after Thursday’s games to give their views on their team, with several United fans delighted with the result, even if the performance wasn’t quite as good as in recent weeks…

… with a few suggesting that there is clear room for improvement from Mourinho’s men…

Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick earned rave reviews from many on Twitter, while several supporters were thrilled to see Anthony Martial back near his best after a turbulent season at Old Trafford…

Tottenham succumbed to a disappointing defeat in Gent, and the performance from Spurs left many supporters angry and embarrassed…

While manager Pochettino has come in for criticism after another poor showing in Europe…

 
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