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St Étienne’s unlikely band of misfits may keep them in Ligue 1

St Étienne had not won in 10 matches until Jean-Louis Gasset set sail with a group of nearly men, old faces and free transfersBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThree months have passed since Lyon visited the Stade Geoffroy-Guicha…

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Florian Thauvin has lost his tux and left Dimitri Payet in the shade at Marseille

Florian Thauvin has swapped his arrogance for maturity and may go on to replace Antoine Griezmann at Atlético Madrid or Franck Ribéry at Bayern Munich By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMarseille’s “Champions Project” has become s…

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Violence erupts as Lyon demolish St Étienne in Ligue 1’s fiercest derby

Lyon showed their youthful exuberance as they destroyed St Etienne 5-0 but Nabil Fékir also showed some youthful inexperience in the way he celebratedBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLe Classique, between Marseille and Paris Sai…

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Nice and Seri refocus after tumultuous transfer window to leave Monaco bruised

Nice had a dire start to the season – including home and away Champions League defeats by Napoli – but they got back on track in style in their local derby

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

As the Champions League anthem blared at the Stadio San Paolo a month ago, a broad grin spread over Allan Saint-Maximin’s face. “In this moment, I was my younger self,” explained Nice’s new winger. “When I was small I played football on the beaches of French Guyana and I would sing the Champions League anthem.” Nice, seemingly, had reached their promised land. After some shrewd coaching and astute transfer business, a stunning 2016-17 campaign had brought them to the brink of the Champions League proper.

However, after an early season collapse in Ligue 1 and a difficult transfer window, it seemed as if Nice, like Saint-Maximin, were merely dreaming of a Champions League future. They will not be competing in the group stage this week, having been outclassed by Napoli over two legs in the final qualifying round. But their 4-0 routing of champions Monaco in the Cote d’Azur derby this weekend suggests, with Jean Michaël Seri orchestrating proceedings once more, that last season’s third-place finish was no fluke.

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Saint-Étienne unshackled from lifeless approach by Óscar GarcÍa

Former Brighton manager hasn’t brought Barcelona’s aesthetics to the Rhône Valley but he has at least injected a joie de vivre that has long been lacking

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Watching Saint-Étienne against Amiens on Saturday, one would hardly have thought the hosts, playing a promoted side at home, were up to much, to say nothing of having entered the match with an unblemished record. In the game’s early stages, the defence and the midfield were playing a copious amount of long passes, trying to release the full-backs or the wingers into space, a task that was without much reward against the Picardy side’s massed back five. The hosts took the lead through a penalty, converted by the youngster Jonathan Bamba, but the overall impression might easily have been one of a side lacking in ambition, a continuation of the dull, grinding style of the former manager Christophe Galtier. Such a lack of imagination was hardly what one would have expected when the club announced the signing of the former Barcelona player Óscar García to replace Galtier this summer.

Related: Neymar scores twice as PSG romp to 6-2 win over Toulouse

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Monaco and Mbappé sink St-Étienne to seal thrilling Ligue 1 title triumph

• Monaco beat St-Étienne 2-0 to ensure PSG cannot catch them
• Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 in Italian Cup final to stay on course for treble

Mbappé fired Monaco on their way to a 2-0 win against St-Étienne which wrapped up the Ligue 1 title for Leonardo Jardim’s thrilling side.

Mbappé grabbed his 15th league goal of the season to help the principality club clinch the championship with a game to spare. Valère Germain put the seal on the win with the last kick of the game.

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Monaco and Mbappé sink St-Étienne to seal thrilling Ligue 1 title triumph

• Monaco beat St-Étienne 2-0 to ensure PSG cannot catch them
• Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 in Italian Cup final to stay on course for treble

Mbappé fired Monaco on their way to a 2-0 win against St-Étienne which wrapped up the Ligue 1 title for Leonardo Jardim’s thrilling side.

Mbappé grabbed his 15th league goal of the season to help the principality club clinch the championship with a game to spare. Valère Germain put the seal on the win with the last kick of the game.

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Manchester United’s Mkhitaryan and Carrick set to miss EFL Cup final after St-Étienne victory

José Mourinho believes Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick will miss Sunday’s EFL Cup final because of respective hamstring and calf injuries picked up as Manchester United cantered into Friday’s Europa League last-16 draw.

Related: St-Étienne v Manchester United: Europa League second leg – live!

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St-Étienne v Manchester United: Europa League second leg – live!

12.26pm GMT

Hello and welcome to an occasion on which we find out whether José Mourinho can match the panache of vintage Saint Etienne. On the final day of the 1974-75 season, with Les Verts having wrapped up their second successive French title (and firmly on course for a second successive double), their manager, Robert Herbin, decided to add a flourish to their final home match of the season: he named himself in the starting line-up against Troyes. And when Saint Etienne, who had won every home match in the league that season, were awarded a penalty five minutes from time, do you think Herbin left it to be converted by the usual penalty-taker, Jean-Michel Larqué? Of course not, he seized the ball and leathered it into the net himself, putting a snazzy ribbon on a 5-1 victory. So how you gonna follow that, José?

Admittedly, Manchester United’s current position is not quite as cosy as Saint Etienne’s was back then but are they really likely to let slip the 3-0 first-leg lead given to them last week by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick? It’s not impossible, to be fair, as Saint Etienne did create plenty of chances at Old Trafford and, if they’ve any sense, have been working round the clock on their finishing since then. We must also bear in mind that in 1975 Herbin was 36 years old (he had retired from playing three years previously). Mourinho is 54. All things considered, for the Portuguese to pick himself in the starting line-up today would be to flirt with recklessness, even humiliation. We’ll have the team news for you shortly but chances are that Mourinho, still cautious at heart, will only be among the substitutes.

10.39am GMT

Here’s Jamie Jackson’s piece from the Loire:

José Mourinho’s control at Manchester United was illustrated in his stark declaration that Luke Shaw is not currently good enough to merit a squad place for Wednesday’s Europa League game at St-Étienne which, it should be remembered, is practically dead as a contest.

Shaw has been dropped for the past five outings and failed to be a replacement in four of those. Wednesday night’s last-32 second leg with Christophe Galtier’s side will stretch this unwanted statistic to five. Mourinho left the defender behind in Manchester despite United holding a 3-0 advantage over St-Étienne and the manager also decided that Matteo Darmian, who can operate at left-back as well, was not required to travel either.

Related: José Mourinho stays in the moment as he prepares for St-Étienne return

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José Mourinho stops short of ruling out China move for Wayne Rooney

• Manchester United manager gives no guarantees about forward’s future
• Chinese Super League transfer window closes at the end of February

José Mourinho has admitted he cannot guarantee Wayne Rooney will still be at Manchester United in a week’s time when China’s transfer window closes.

Rooney’s drop in form has caused him to lose his starting place under Mourinho. The 31-year-old is United’s record goalscorer yet has been considering his future, with a move to the Chinese Super League an option.

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José Mourinho gets tough with his Manchester United players at half-time

• Dressing room was ‘too noisy, too funny, too relaxed’
• United take three-goal lead to France on Wednesday

José Mourinho rebuked his Manchester United players for lacking concentration and being too “relaxed and funny” in the dressing room before St-Étienne were beaten 3-0 in the Europa League last-32 first leg .

The manager was delighted with the result, which was due to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick that took him to 23 goals, the most in a season for United since Robin van Persie scored 30 in the club’s last title-winning campaign, 2012-13. But Mourinho was particularly unhappy with his side’s attitude beforehand and felt he had to change it during the half-time interval.

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Anthony Martial catches the eye for United as he feels his way back to form | Paul Wilson

Manchester United’s attacking options were slightly limited and the Frenchman took the opportunity against St-Étienne to remind the manager of his value

There may be trouble ahead, José Mourinho warned before this game, channelling Irving Berlin in an attempt to point out that Manchester United will inevitably face a fixture pile-up if they continue to fight on four fronts.

There may be trouble if United fail to reach the Champions League next season, too; one season in four is not really good enough for a club of such stature and frequently exercised spending power, and Antoine Griezmann may not fancy joining a side with only Europa League football to offer.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick drives Manchester United past St-Étienne

Manchester United will take a healthy lead to the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard for next week’s second leg of this Europa League last-32 tie against St-Étienne after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick, which was sealed by a late penalty.

Related: Manchester United 3-0 St-Étienne: Europa League – as it happened

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Manchester United v St Etienne: Europa League – live!

8.04pm GMT

The teams are out! A cracking atmosphere for a European night at Old Trafford. The away fans are doing their bit, giving it plenty. Manchester United are in their storied red shirts and white shorts, while Saint-Étienne sport their famous green. The Pogba brothers embraced warmly in the tunnel, incidentally, and took to the pitch chatting away with the warmest smiles playing across their faces. A special night for them. We’ll be off in a minute!

7.57pm GMT

Before we concentrate on this game, news of England’s other Europa League survivor. Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Gent this evening, and they’ve found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline. Tim Hill watched every kick of their 1-0 first-leg defeat.

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Luke Shaw to be left out for fourth Manchester United game in a row

• Left-back to miss Europa League first leg against St Étienne
• José Mourinho to stick with back four who kept out Watford

Luke Shaw is fighting to convince José Mourinho of his worth, with the left-back likely to be left out of Manchester United’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League home game with St Étienne.

The manager said Shaw would not be in his starting XI and it could be the fourth consecutive match-day squad from which the 21-year-old has been excluded. His last appearance was in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic on 29 January.

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Luke Shaw to be left out for fourth Manchester United game in a row

• Left-back to miss Europa League first leg against St Étienne
• José Mourinho to stick with back four who kept out Watford

Luke Shaw is fighting to convince José Mourinho of his worth, with the left-back likely to be left out of Manchester United’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League home game with St Étienne.

The manager said Shaw would not be in his starting XI and it could be the fourth consecutive match-day squad from which the 21-year-old has been excluded. His last appearance was in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic on 29 January.

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba to face older brother in Europa League – video

Paul Pogba play against his older brother Florentin when Manchester United face Saint-Étienne in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday. The brothers have never faced each other professionally, and even represent different countries – Florentin and his twin, Mathias, are Guinea internationals while Paul plays for France

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Florentin Pogba’s dream comes true as he prepares to face brother Paul

The Saint-Étienne defender talks about his family’s pride in his younger brother Paul and his relish for the Europa League clash against Manchester United

Many of the remaining players in the Europa League probably hoped that December’s draw for the last 32 would pit them against Manchester United but none of them hoped for it as ardently as one Saint-Étienne defender.

“I watched the draw and, when I saw who we got, my first reaction was: ‘Yes, that’s a dream that’s going to be fulfilled,’” says Florentin Pogba, whose dream is shared by his whole family. “They will all be in the stadium watching, including Mathias, I think,” says Florentin. Mathias is his twin brother, a forward for Sparta Rotterdam. The pair played on the same youth teams together, first while growing up as children to Guinean immigrants in Roissy-en-Brie, Paris, and then after joining Celta Vigo in Spain at 16. But neither has ever played with or against their younger brother, Paul, United’s world record signing.

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Euro 2016 venue guide: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne – video

St Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, nicknamed Le Chaudron, will host four Euro 2016 games including Portugal’s opener against Iceland on Tuesday. St Etienne was at the heart of France’s industrial past has reinvented itself as a centre of design innovation, with striking architecture (Zenith music hall, La Cité des Affaires), an enormous modern art museum and a host of smaller galleries and studio spaces showcasing work from local artists

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Dmitri Payet: why West Ham can thank a father for resurrecting his son’s dream

Hammers fans at Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United will be grateful their gifted playmaker was persuaded to make another attempt at proving he was good enough for the big time

Heard the one about the teenager who tried to talk his father out of letting him travel nearly 6,000 miles to have a go at becoming a professional footballer? That teenager is now an adult and very grateful that his dad urged him to see how far his talent could take him. West Ham fans should be grateful too, because if Alain Payet had not convinced his son Dmitri to resurrect a buried dream, then the Hammers would probably not be enjoying a fantastic Premier League season and heading to Manchester United on Sunday as many people’s favourites to progress to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Dmitri Payet is in the running for player of the year but his talent might only ever have been celebrated by fans in Réunion, a small tropical island in the Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles east of mainland Africa and 5,700 miles from France, of which it is an overseas département. When he was 17, Payet intended to stay on his island forever after a dispriting first venture to France.

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