Manchester United handed tricky Barcelona clash in Europa League play-off

Barcelona vs Manchester United

Barcelona vs Manchester United

Manchester United have been handed a blockbuster clash with Barcelona in their Europa League knockout round play-off.

The Red Devils’ second-placed finish in Group E sees them pitted against the Catalan giants, who dropped down to Europe’s secondary competition after slipping to third in their Champions League group for the second season running.

It is the first meeting between the pair, who have been crowned European champions a combined eight times, since Barca’s 4-0 aggregate victory in the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Juventus will have to overcome Ligue 1 side Nantes if they to progress to the last 16 after picking up just a single victory in Champions League Group H.

Ajax suffered similar fate in their campaign and have been handed a tricky tie against Union Berlin, who are two points off top spot in the Bundesliga.

The eight victors of the knockout play-offs will earn progression to face the eight Europa League group stage winners in the last 16.

Europa League knockout round draw

Barcelona vs Manchester United

Juventus vs Nantes

Sporting vs Midtjylland

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Key dates
Knockout round play-offs: February 16 and 23

Last 16: March 9 and 16

Quarter-finals: April 13 and 20

Semi-finals: May 11 and 18

Final: May 31

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