Early team news for Barcelona v United

Tuesday 14 February 2023 12:00

Manchester United's European campaign resumes on Thursday evening, as we take on La Liga giants Barcelona at the Nou Camp (17:45 GMT).

It's our first meeting with the Catalan club since 2019, and the first time we've ever faced them in the Europa League after previous meetings in the Champions League and European Cup Winners' Cup.

Barcelona dropped into this competition having finished third in their Champions League group, while United were edged into second in our Europa League group on goal difference by Real Sociedad, despite a 1-0 win in San Sebastian on matchday six.

Europa League squad confirmed


Marcel Sabitzer is one of three additions to the group for the next stage of the competition.

Lisandro Martinez picked up a booking during that game, which was played at the start of November, and that means he'll be ruled out of this clash.

That yellow card was the Argentinian defender's third in the competition, so he has to serve a one-match suspension.

On-loan midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is also unfortunately banned for a game, because he was booked three times while playing for Bayern Munich during the Champions League group stages.

In terms of fitness news, Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to action after a one-match illness absence as he featured as a substitute during the 2-0 win at Leeds United on Sunday.

Antony, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay missed the trip to Elland Road through injury, with Erik ten Hag saying on Friday that he didn't expect them to be fit for the Barcelona game either.

Casemiro can play though, as his suspension only relates to domestic matches, while January arrivals Wout Weghorst and Jack Butland are also eligible as they have been added to the Europa League squad, along with Sabitzer.

Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are long-term absentees.


Pedri's goal at Villarreal on Sunday helped the Catalans to claim a sixth consecutive La Liga win and stretch their lead at the top of the division to 11 points, while challengers Real Madrid were away in Morocco, winning the FIFA Club World Cup.

Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Busquets missed the visit to Villarreal with hamstring and ankle problems respectively, and both are expected to be absent for this one too, with Dembele reportedly out until mid-March.

Club captain Busquets - the only survivor of the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals - could be in line for a return in the Old Trafford leg, should his recovery go to plan.