How to watch and follow United v Barcelona

Tuesday 21 February 2023 07:00

Manchester United play host to La Liga leaders Barcelona on Thursday evening, in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League play-off tie at Old Trafford (20:00 GMT).

The sides played out a 2-2 thriller at the Nou Camp last Thursday and this week's showdown in M16 has all the early makings of yet another European classic, with the winner advancing to the round of 16 next month.

Marcos Alonso fired Barça ahead, before a quickfire double-salvo from United. Marcus Rashford levelled matters, with Jules Kounde then diverting the ball into his own net to put the Reds ahead. Raphinha's leveller restored parity with 15 minutes to go.

Erik ten Hag's men come into the clash fresh off the back of an impressive display on home soil, having seen off Leicester City 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Here are all the details you need to know ahead of Barcelona's imminent visit...

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Thursday's game will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage getting underway from Old Trafford at 19:00 GMT. Kick-off will follow an hour later, with MUTV's own live shown beginning at 18:55 GMT, containing exclusive build-up and team news.

We’ll provide live radio commentary during the game itself, and the usual post-match show containing reaction from players and Ten Hag.


Two-minute highlights of the game will be available from midnight on Friday, with extended versions being published from midnight on Saturday.


Ten Hag will be boosted by the return of Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer for the second leg, with both players having now completed their respective European suspensions. Casemiro is also available after missing our victory over the Foxes this weekend.

Scott McTominay returned to the fray against Brendan Rodgers' side, while we await fitness updates on attacking pair Antony and Anthony Martial. Ten Hag will appear before the media on Wednesday afternoon.

Harry Maguire missed out against his former team at Old Trafford but the boss said he didn't feel our captain's injury was serious, while Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are long-term absentees for United.

Barcelona have issues in midfield with Gavi (suspended) and Pedri (injured) unavailable for the second leg, while Ousmane Dembele is also set to miss out through injury. Sergio Busquets, however, did return to the squad against Cadiz at the weekend following a short stint on the sidelines.

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Our Europa League opponents warm up for Thursday's return match at Old Trafford with a comfortable victory in La Liga.


Xavi's side come into the game in imperious form, having not tasted defeat since October, during a run which now stretches to 18 games in total.

Barça are eight points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and have lost just once in the league so far this season.

Top scorer Robert Lewandowski - who United kept relatively quiet in the first leg - has scored 24 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions, with five of them coming in Europe.

Ten Hag's men are in as equally impressive form, however, with our unbeaten home run now stretching to 17 games following Sunday's win over Leicester City.

Rashford is one of the most in-form attackers in Europe and has already set a new personal-best goal tally for a season, with the brace against the Foxes taking him on to 24.

Barcelona beat Cadiz 2-0 on Sunday evening.


Here is how the other seven ties stand, ahead of Thursday's return fixtures...

17:45 GMT kick-offs

PSV (0) v Sevilla (3)
Nantes (1) v Juventus (1)
Midtjylland (1) v Sporting (1)
Monaco (3) v Leverkusen (2)

20:00 GMT kick-offs

Union Berlin (0) v Ajax (0)
Roma (0) v RB Salzburg (1)
Rennes (1) v Shakhtar Donetsk (2)