The Catalan club and The Red Devils meet in the UEFA Europa League playoffs
Barcelona’s mediocre UEFA Champions League performance in the group stage caused them to be demoted to the Europa League. Now they will take on Premier League giants Manchester United in the play-off round.
FC Barcelona are currently sitting on top of the LaLiga table, nine points in front of Real Madrid. But the Los Blancos have one game in hand. The Catalan club have already won a trophy this term, in the Supercopa de España earlier this year.
Barcelona dropped down to the Europa League after finishing 3rd in their Champions League group (Group C) and dropped down to the Europa League.
While Manchester United are currently sitting 3rd in the Premier League table, five points off the league leaders Arsenal. The Red Devils also have a big Carabao Cup final coming up against Newcastle United on 26th February 2023.
While Manchester United are in this position in the Europa League because of a controversial penalty call in Matchday 1 against Real Sociedad.
Nonetheless, it sets up a very exciting tie for the fans as the teams have shared the grand stage on multiple occasions in the Champions League final and they last met in the Champions League knockout rounds of 2017-18 season.
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