United learn Europa League play-off opponents

Monday 07 November 2022 12:15

Manchester United will face Barcelona next in the Europa League, following today's draw for the knockout round play-offs.

The first leg will be played at Camp Nou on Thursday 16 February 2023, kicking off at 17:45 GMT.

Old Trafford will stage the second leg seven days later, on Thursday 23 February, at 20:00 GMT.

The winners of the tie will go into the draw for the Round of 16 on Friday 24 February.
The Reds have previously faced Barcelona 13 times, including in three finals - the Cup Winners' Cup of 1991, won by Sir Alex Ferguson's men, and the Champions League showpieces in 2009 and 2011.

Our five meetings in Manchester so far include some of the most memorable European nights at Old Trafford, such as the thriller in March 1984 when Bryan Robson inspired a superb 3-0 win against Diego Maradona et al and the Champions League semi-final first leg in April 2008 which was settled by a stunning Paul Scholes goal.

Overall the record is three wins to United and six to Barcelona, with four games being drawn.

Barcelona v Manchester United
Juventus v Nantes
Sporting v Midtjylland
Shakhtar Donetsk v Stade Rennais
Ajax v Union Berlin
Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco
Sevilla v PSV Eindhoven
FC Salzburg v Roma

Eight clubs are already through to the last-16 draw in February after finishing in first place during the group stage, namely Arsenal, Fenerbahce, Real Betis, Union St.Gilloise, Real Sociedad, Feyenoord, Freiburg and Ferencvaros.

Of course, the ultimate aim for United is to reach the final at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on 31 May 2023 and lift the trophy for the second time in our history, having previously won it in Stockholm in 2017.
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Tickets for the home leg at Old Trafford will go on sale, to Official Members and Season Ticket holders who opted out of the cup scheme, from 13:00 GMT on Tuesday 8 November. To become an Official Member, visit manutd.com/membership.

Hospitality packages will be on sale to all supporters, also soon, via manutd.com/hospitality.

Story updated 17:35 GMT on Monday 7 November 2022 with the confirmed Barcelona match dates and kick-off times.