Man Utd face Barcelona in Europa League play-off as Jose Mourinho’s Roma take on RB Salzburg | Football News

Manchester United face Barcelona in the Europa League play-offs in February, while Jose Mourinho’s Roma face RB Salzburg.

Xavi’s side went into the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group, while Man Utd were knocked out of the top spot by Real Sociedad.

Barcelona manager Xavi reacted to the draw, saying: “We’ll have to compete, going to Manchester against a really top opponent and a historic team that has grown a lot with the arrival of (Erik) Ten Hag.

“[They have] Great individual player and this is once again the toughest opponent in the Europa League.

“We will have time to analyze it, they are a strong team both in defense and attack, not only for Cristiano Ronaldo, but for other players. [too]. Manchester United is a historic club and it is important to win. Two big teams and it will be a big job.”

The two sides have met 13 times in European competition, although Man Utd have won just three of them. The last time Man Utd won 1-0 on aggregate was in the Champions League semi-finals in April 2008.

After a goalless draw at the Nou Camp, Paul Scholes’ 14th-minute winner knocked Barcelona out at Old Trafford. Man Utd would go on to win the competition this year, defeating Chelsea on penalties in the final.

But Barcelona have won each of the last four meetings, including the two Champions League finals. They were 2-0 winners at the Stadio Olimpico in May 2009 and two years later beat Man Utd 3-1 at Wembley.

Their last European match-up was in the quarter-finals of 2018/19, which Barcelona won 4-0 on aggregate.

This is an opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to take on his former El Clasico rival. The former Real Madrid player has scored 20 goals in 34 career matches against Barcelona, ​​although he has never managed to do so for Man United.

Man United have a busy February schedule

  • February 11/12: Leeds v Man Utd
  • February 16: Barcelona vs Man Utd
  • February 19/20: Man Utd v Leicester
  • February 23: Man Utd vs Barcelona
  • February 26/27: Man Utd vs Brentford

The Europa League play-offs come in the middle of a busy February for Man Utd, who also face Leeds, Leicester and Brentford in the Premier League.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho’s Roma will face RB Salzburg With the possibility of a draw against his former Man Utd side if both teams qualify for the last 16.

Fellow Serie A side Juventus will take Nantes, Sevilla – six-time winners of the Europa League – will face PSV Eindhoven And former team of Ten Hague Ajax will compete on behalf of the Bundesliga. Union Berlin.

Europa League play-off fixtures in full

  • Barcelona vs Man Utd
  • Juventus vs Nantes
  • Sporting Lisbon vs FC Midtjylland
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes
  • Ajax vs Union Berlin
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco
  • Sevilla vs PSV Eindhoven
  • RB Salzburg vs Roma

‘This is not the Barcelona of old’

Stephen Warnock on Sky Sports News:

“That’s what we want to see in neutrals. You want to see the best teams play against each other. They’re great spectacles.

“Man Utd will fancy their chances. This is not the Barcelona of old.

“They are still struggling and don’t have the quality and personnel that you would think would challenge for top honours.”

‘Lewandowski’s big challenge for Man United’

Barcelona beat Valladolid 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski on target again.
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Sue Smith says Robert Lewandowski will pose a problem for Man Utd.

Sue Smith on Sky Sports News:

“Robert Lewandowski will certainly fancy his chances against Man Utd’s defence.

“It’s a big challenge for Man Utd and a big challenge for their defenders coming up against a player in Lewandowski who we know is absolutely brilliant in front of goal.”

When will the games be played?

The first legs of the final play-off round will be played on 16 February 2023, before the return legs a week later.

When will Arsenal learn their last 16 opponents?

Arsenal’s automatic progression into the last 16 of this season’s Europa League means they will have to wait until the end of the play-off round before finding out who they will face next in the competition.

The draw for the last 16 of the Europa League will take place on 24 February 2023, a day after the play-off second legs, with the last 16 ties taking place on 9 March and 16 March respectively.

Important dates of the Europa League.

  • Play-off ties: February 16 and February 23
  • Last 16 draw: 24 February
  • Last 16 ties: March 9 and March 16
  • Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Draw: March 17
  • Quarter-final ties: 13 April and 20 April
  • Semi-final ties: May 11 and May 18
  • Final: May 31 at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary

Europa Conference League – Lazio take on Cluj as Fiorentina take on Braga.

In the Europa Conference League play-off draw, Lazio are drawn against Cluj while fellow Serie A side Fiorentina face Braga.

Anderlecht – formerly managed by Burnley boss Vincent Kompany – will face Ludogorets while Basel will face Trabzonspor for a place in the last 16.

The Premier League’s sole representative – West Ham – won their group and are automatically through to the round of 16 draw, which will take place in February.

Europa League play-off fixtures in full

  • Qarabag vs Gent
  • Trabzonspor vs Basel
  • Lazio vs Cluj
  • Bodo/Glimt vs Lech Poznan
  • Braga vs Fiorentina
  • AEK Larnaca vs Dnipro-1
  • Sheriff Traspol v FK Partizan
  • Ludogorets vs Anderlecht

When will the games be played?

The first legs of the final play-off round will be played on 16 February 2023, before the return legs a week later.

When will West Ham learn their last 16 opponents?

West Ham will be in the Europa Conference League.
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West Ham went straight into the last 16 of the Europa Conference League as group winners.

West Ham’s automatic promotion to the last 16 of this season’s Europa Conference League means they will have to wait until the end of the play-off round before finding out who they will face next in the competition.

The draw for the last 16 of the Europa Conference League will take place on 24 February 2023, a day after the play-off second legs, with the last 16 ties taking place on 9 March and 16 March respectively.

Important dates of the Europa Conference League.

  • Play-off ties: February 16 and February 23
  • Last 16 draw: 24 February
  • Last 16 ties: March 9 and March 16
  • Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Draw: March 17
  • Quarter-final ties: 13 April and 20 April
  • Semi-final ties: May 11 and May 18
  • Final: June 7 at the Eden Arena in Prague, Czech Republic

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