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Manchester United draw with Barcelona in Europa League round of 16 play-off

Barcelona manager Xavi says it will be a ‘huge challenge’ to face Manchester United’s Ten Hag team

Manchester United were drawn against Barcelona in the play-offs of the round of 16 of the Europa League.

The competition stage has eight runners-up from its Europa League groups, which includes United, playing against the eight teams that finished third in the Champions League group.

Roma, led by former United coach José Mourinho, will face FC Salzburg, while Juventus will face Nantes.

One-way departures are on February 16 and return departures on February 23.

The winners go on to the round of 16, which includes Arsenal after leading the Europa League group.

United, who finished second behind Real Sociedad in their group, will be out for the first leg at Camp Nou, followed by an encounter at Old Trafford seven days later.

Erik ten Hag’s team was heavily linked to Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong over the summer, but the Dutch international ended up staying with the Spanish side.

Barcelona, ​​who lead La Liga, finished third behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Champions League group.

“We will have to compete, going to Manchester against a very top rival and a historic team that has grown a lot with the arrival of [Erik] ten Hag,” said Barcelona coach Xavi.

“[They have] great individual players and is the toughest rival once again in the Europa League.

“It’s a big challenge for us.”

Sevilla have won the Europa League six times and will face Dutch PSV Eindhoven.

Full play-off round draw

Barcelona vs Manchester United

Juventus vs Nantes

Sporting Lisbon vs Midtjylland

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes

Ajax vs Union Berlin

Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco

Seville vs PSV Eindhoven

FC Salzburg vs Roma

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