His first United treble was certainly not his prettiest – his first goal was a deflected free-kick that trickled into the net, the second was a bobbly tap-in and the third a penalty after he had won the spot kick himself.
But the Swede did not care about the quality and warned “Les Verts” he will be out for more to kill them off in the return in France next Wednesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an excellent record against St Etienne
Much of the pre-match focus was on the battle between the Pogba brothers
He said: “Every time I play against them, with luck, it’s brought me goals. That’s how it is but it’s not something I focus on.
“I scored goals again tonight and hopefully I can do something again next week and we can go further in the Europa League.
“We created good chances. It was important to get a win at home. We played good collectively. I think we can do more but OK we won the game and that’s the most important.”
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United have lost only one of their last 23 games in all competitions but Ibrahimovic warned that they must keep improving if they are to win silverware.
He added: “Listen we are winning but in a short time everything can change. So it’s important to keep on, get the wins we need and keep the confidence. We are happy at the moment. We are working hard. This is the decisive moment for the season. The second half of the season is the one that decides what will happen.”
While the Premier League title looks a distant hope, Ibrahimovic is hoping success in the three cup competitions Untied are still involved in will provide some consolation for Jose Mourinho’s team.
Jose Mourinho was critical of his side's first half performance
“That’s the objective,” he said. “If you look at the Premier League, only one team will become a champion. The rest will not maybe win a trophy. But we are still in all four competitions, and we have already won the Community Shield. That’s what it’s about.
“If we don’t win the Premier League we will get some other trophies – that’s what we want.”
United manager Jose Mourinho meanwhile was far from satisfied with his team’s performance in the opening 45 minutes. He said: “The first half we played so bad. We managed to finish the first half winning 1-0 and we didn’t deserve."