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Saturday 22 July 2017

United fan Selnaes is relishing prospect of upset for St Etienne

Florentin Pogba trains with St Etienne at Old Trafford
Florentin Pogba trains with St Etienne at Old Trafford

Ole Selnaes, like thousands of other Norwegians, is a Manchester United fan - but this one could be lining up against his idols at Old Trafford tonight.

An intelligent midfielder, the 22-year-old is an important cog in the St Etienne side that faces United in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash.

Selnaes has become a growing influence with Les Verts since leaving hometown club Rosenborg at the start of last year.

The defensive-minded player is loving life at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and the opportunities it affords him. "English football and Manchester United is really, really big in Norway," Selnaes said.

"The Premier League is by far the most popular league in Norway and when I grew up we had some Norwegians at Manchester United, so obviously I followed them totally.

"I have been to some games when I was a little kid, but that's a long time ago now.

"Of course it is going to be a special moment. It's one of the most special stadiums in the world - a great history, a special stadium."

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