The two biggest sides going into the draw were on opposite sides, setting up the possibility of a huge clash, and that came to fruition.

The two giants memorably met in two finals in three years in 2009 and 2011, with Pep Guardiola’s side triumphing on both occasions.

They most recently faced each other in the 2019 Champions League quarter-finals when Barcelona hammered United 4-0 on aggregate.

We will have to compete, going to Manchester against a really top rival and a historic side which has grown a lot with the arrival of (Erik) Ten Hag,”

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

“We will have time to analyse it, they are a strong team in both defence and attack, not just for Cristiano Ronaldo, but other players [too].

“Manchester United are a historic club and they also need to win. Two big teams and it’s going to be a massive task.”

Said Barcelona manager Xavi after the draw.

Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma will face RB Salzburg whilst former Italian champions Juventus will face FC Nantes.

Bundesliga high-flyers Union Berlin will face former finalists Ajax. Multiple Europa League winners Sevilla will play PSV Eindhoven

The teams who finished second in their Europa League group were seeded, whilst those dropping down having finished third in their Champions League group were unseeded.

The first-leg play-off matches will be played on February 16; the second legs will be played on February 23. The draw for the last 16 will be on February 24. The final will take place on May 31 2023 at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.

And as a reminder, there are no longer any away goals.


  • FC Barcelona v Manchester United
  • Juventus v FC Nantes
  • Sporting CP v FC Midtjylland
  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Stade Rennais
  • AFC Ajax v Union Berlin
  • Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco
  • Sevilla v PSV Eindhoven
  • RB Salzburg v AS Roma


  • Qarabag v Gent
  • Trabzonspor v Basel
  • Lazio v Cluj
  • Bodo/Glimt v Lech Poznan
  • Braga v Fiorentina
  • Larnaca v Dnipro-1
  • Sheriff Tiraspol v Paritzan
  • Ludogorets v Anderlecht


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