Saint-Etienne expect full house for United visit

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Saint-Etienne will be expecting the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to be packed to capacity for the visit of Manchester United in the Europa League in February.

The Ligue 1 club had to suspend ticket sales after a "historic" number of supporters descended on the club when tickets were made available on Thursday.

Ticket sales reopened on Friday morning for the return leg, which is scheduled for February 22, with the first leg at Old Trafford a week earlier on the 16th.

An official statement from the club read: "The Saint-Etienne ticket office has seen an historic interest this Thursday when tickets for the game against Manchester United went on sale.

"Given the number of fans present at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and the waiting time, the club has decided to suspend sales today."

Saint-Etienne, which is probably best known around the world for its successes in the 1960s and then in the late seventies when a certain Michel Platini turned out for the club, boasts a 42,000 capacity stadium.

United fans will also be intrigued to potentially see Paul Pogba come up against his older brother, Florentin, who has been at the club since 2012.

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