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Why Jose Mourinho tore into his players at half-time against Saint Etienne

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Manchester United’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic heads the ball against Saint Etienne during their UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester Thursday. — AFP

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed he was forced to sort out the "relaxed" attitude of his players at half-time of the 3-0 UEFA Europa League victory over Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

The French global started his first match in over a month for The Red Devils, when he took onto the field against Watford FC, as he scored one goal and set up another but the former Monaco star still has a lot of work to do in order to win over Jose Mourinho.

"I know the Champions League is the competition everyone wants to play, everyone wants to win", he said.

It was a family catch-up for the Pogbas at Old Trafford, with their mother and other brother, Mathias, watching from a corporate box wearing jerseys with United's colors on one half and Saint-Etienne's colors on the other.

"In the second half the story changed".

'It feels good, ' Ibrahimovic said.

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The sides previously met in the European Cup Winners' Cup first round in 1977, but the second leg was played at Plymouth Argyle on England's south coast after crowd trouble marred the first leg. His hat-trick was the 17th of his illustrious career and his tally of goals now stands at 23 for the campaign and there should be plenty to come in the remaining months of the season.

Jose Mourinho's side went ahead 15 minutes into the game on Ibrahimovic's deflected free-kick by Saint-Etienne player Vincent Pajot past helpless goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

"I could tell from the touchline that it was hard and I needed the communication at half-time". I always respect football and I know football can be nasty to you, so I go with a strong team.

"To score three goals first leg away from home, I am happy", he added. They put so much into this game and they deserved to have more to play for in the second leg.

"But this is a season of growing up, being stable, strong, physically strong, mentally strong, tactically strong, he is playing in nearly every match, sometimes starting and coming from the bench". "It's not over but it's a good result".

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