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CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester United and Barcelona handed glamour Europa League attract

CHRIS WHEELER: Male United’s Europa League engage in-off from Barcelona is two matches Erik 10 Hag could do without having in a packed schedule… but it will evoke memories of some of the great nights of European football

The Europa League attract threw up some enticing encounters for the upcoming round European giants Barcelona and Manchester United will go head-to-head The two clubs have had some thrilling encounters when they’ve confronted off before 

The Europa League received a sprinkling of stardust on Monday when Manchester United have been drawn from Barcelona in the glamour tie of the perform-off spherical.

1 of the excellent match-ups in European soccer is normally performed out on a far larger phase, but this time they will facial area off for a spot in the final 16 in February.

United paid the price tag for failing to end initially in their group ahead of Serious Sociedad as they ended up handed arguably the hardest draw when the 8 runners-up in the Europa League and 8 3rd-positioned groups dropping out of the Champions League went into the pot in Nyon.

Erik 10 Hag’s aspect will have to triumph over Barcelona to development in the Europa League

Barcelona fell into the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group

Barcelona fell into the competitors just after ending 3rd in their Champions League team

Erik 10 Hag’s aspect will return to Spain to experience Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Thursday February 16 with the 2nd leg at Outdated Trafford a week later, two excess video games 10 Hag can do without the need of in a packed schedule.

The activity will evoke memories of some of the fantastic nights of European football, not the very least Barcelona’s victories more than United in the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011 when Pep Guardiola bought the greater of Sir Alex Ferguson.

‘We are two significant groups and it’s heading to be a massive tie,’ claimed Barcelona manager Xavi, who starred in equally finals. ‘Our players will probably be extra motivated from a potent group.’

Barcelona went out of this competition to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt final time, and Xavi included: ‘We have been supplied the most difficult rival, but once more. We are likely to Manchester against a prime rival and a historic side that has enhanced a ton with the arrival of Ten Hag. It is a substantial obstacle for us.’

Xavi has described Barcelona being drawn against Manchester United in Europe as 'the worst'

Xavi has explained Barcelona being drawn towards Manchester United in Europe as ‘the worst’

If Cristiano Ronaldo stays at United past January, Xavi will be cautious of an previous foe who scored 20 plans in 34 game titles against his club for True Madrid.

‘He’s a excellent participant. He can however make a distinction,’ explained Xavi. ‘They are a strong side in defence and in assault. Not just Cristiano.’

United v Barcelona has thrown up some epic situations. Bryan Robson led a unforgettable fightback towards the Catalans and Diego Maradona in the UEFA Cup-winners’ Cup quarter-finals in 1984 as United won 3-2 on aggregate at Aged Trafford. Ferguson lifted the exact same trophy in 1991 immediately after Mark Hughes’s two goals in the closing in Rotterdam secured a 2-1 win.

A United facet depleted by the 3-foreigner rule suffered a humbling 4- defeat in Barcelona in 1994 as they unsuccessful to qualify from the Champions League team stage. And on the way to United lifting the European Cup in 1999, there have been two 3-3 draws in the team stage before they conquer Bayern Munich in the ultimate at the Nou Camp.

Bryan Robson celebrates United's memorable comeback against Barcelona in 1991

Bryan Robson celebrates United’s memorable comeback against Barcelona in 1991

When Ferguson won the Champions League once again in 2008, Paul Scholes scored the only purpose in the semi-closing to knock out Barcelona in what was United’s very last acquire more than their rivals.

‘I’d appreciate to perform in opposition to Barca, it gets the juices flowing,’ claimed Scholes last 7 days. ‘I imagine United are able of beating them.’

The most latest conference finished in a 4- combination defeat for United in a 2019 Champions League quarter-closing.

Paul Scholes' goal was the difference when the two sides met at Old Trafford in 2008

Paul Scholes’ target was the difference when the two sides satisfied at Aged Trafford in 2008

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