When you think of two historic European football clubs, FC Barcelona and Manchester United surely come to mind quite quickly. These two teams are no strangers to competing in the Champions League, but now they'll be facing off in February in the Europa League.
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This is a knockout match, with the two sides hoping to make it to the next round of the tournament. Barcelona will host United at the Camp Nou on Feb. 16, while the two giants will then head to Old Trafford on Feb. 23. This is going to be fun to watch.
🚨🚨🚨 Our Europa League opponents: Manchester United! pic.twitter.com/pMts6WaHPL— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 7, 2022
For both teams, it's safe to say they're a bit disappointed in being in this position in the first place. Barcelona was eliminated in the Champions League in rough fashion, while MUFC finished second in its UEL group behind Real Sociedad.
Alas, there's no complaining to be made, as both the La Liga/EPL powerhouses will look to put on a show for the fans in both legs. Barcelona is the favorite to move on, but don't sleep on United.
This team is loaded with talent, of course including Cristiano Ronaldo. For Barcelona, it's been an emotional couple of weeks, especially with team legend Gerard Pique retiring from the game and playing in his last match this past weekend.
The thought of Barcelona taking the field without Pique, who used to play for United as well, is tough to think about. There's loads of young star for this Barcelona side, though, and they'll look to make a statement against Manchester United. We can't wait for these two games to take place.