Match Today: Barcelona vs Manchester United 16-02-2023 UEFA Europa League
Barcelona will host Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16. Barcelona came here thanks to finishing third in their Champions League group while Manchester United finished second in their Europa League group.
Barcelona is coming from the 1-0 victory over Villarreal in the Spanish League, which is its sixteenth unbeaten number since losing to Bayern Munich in October. This is the second consecutive season in the European League after withdrawing from the Champions League. With the start of this match, Barcelona have six clean sheets in their last seven matches, which is an impressive defensive record.
They have conceded only four matches in their last 10 matches, and they have also performed well at home. In their last five home matches, Barcelona have achieved four wins, a draw, and four clean sheets.
They played six Europa League matches last season before elimination, and there they won just twice and kept two clean sheets. However, he has scored two or more goals in three of his last five Europa League matches.
Barcelona vs Manchester United
While this will be the first-ever Europa League meeting between these two giants, Manchester United have lost to Barcelona in each of their last four encounters in Europe, all in the Champions League.
The Premier League side are doing this well, unbeaten in six matches and five wins. They will seek a first-leg advantage and seven wins in 10 matches puts them in the right position. In their last game, United left it late before winning against Leeds United 2-0.
It was the ninth match in 10 in which they scored two or more goals. United had five successive Europa League victories in the group stage but finished second.
They have four clean sheets in the five European League matches. Barcelona will go into this match without key players. Frenchman Ousmane Dembele has not yet recovered from the thigh injury he suffered against Girona in January and is confirmed to be out of this match, and he will be joined on the sidelines by veteran coach Sergio. Busquets, who suffers from an ankle injury he picked up two weeks ago against Sevilla.
Manchester United vs Barcelona
Watching the Manchester United football match, Manchester United will bring Casemiro back for this match after missing the last two matches due to a local suspension, but United will miss its new signing Marcel Sabitzer, who was suspended from his former team, while defender Lisandro Martinez has three bookings.
On the injury list, Christian Eriksen, Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek all featured for United. Raphael Varane should return to the starting line-up after being rested in the win over Leeds United. One of the players expected to light this fixture is Marcus Rashford, who scored eight goals. In his last 10 matches, the England forward has scored 21 goals so far this season.