Man United to face St Etienne and Spurs to take on Gent in Europa League last 32
Jose Mourinho will not be complaining with Manchester United’s Europa League draw, as they are dealt the rather short trip to France to face Saint-Etienne.
United could have been sent anywhere in eastern Europe which could have accumulated around a 10-hour round trip, which would have been sure to impact their Premier League push.
Instead they will travel to the south of France in what will only be around a two and a half hour flight, with only an hour time difference.
It will be a special trip for world-record signing Paul Pogba and his family as he comes up against his older brother Florentin.
Tottenham Hotspur will be equally pleased with their relatively short trip to Belgium to face AA Gent after their European schedule moved to Thursday nights.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will fancy their chances of progressing, to the last 16, although they will continue to play their home games at Wembley, where they have had some trouble adapting so far.
All first-leg last-32 ties will take place on Thursday February 16, with the return leg scheduled for the following week on Thursday February 23.
Europa League last 32 draw in full
Athletic Bilbao (SPA) v Apoel (CYP)
Legia Warsaw (POL) v Ajax (HOL)
Anderlecht (BEL) v Zenit (RUS)
Astra (ROU) v Genk ((BEL)
Manchester United (ENG) v St-Etienne (FRA)
Villarreal (SPA) v Roma (ITA)
Ludogorets (BUL) v København (DEN)
Celta Vigo (SPA) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Olympiakos (GRE) v Osmanlispor (TUR)
KAA Gent (BEL) v Spurs (ENG)
Rostov (RUS) v Sparta Prague (CZE)
Krasnodar (RUS) v Fenerbahce (TUR)
Monchengladbach v Fiorentina
AZ Alkmaar (HOL) v Lyon (FRA)
H. Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Besiktas (TUR)