livescore logo

United handed tricky Barca clash in Europa League play-off
Copy icon

Cian Cheesbrough
LiveScore
Erik ten Hag's Manchester United will face Barcelona in the Europa League knockout round play-off
Erik ten Hag's Manchester United will face Barcelona in the Europa League knockout round play-off

Manchester United have been handed a blockbuster clash with Barcelona in their Europa League knockout round play-off.

The Red Devils’ second-placed finish in Group E sees them pitted against the Catalan giants, who dropped down to Europe's secondary competition after slipping to third in their Champions League group for the second season running.

It is the first meeting between the pair, who have been crowned European champions a combined eight times, since Barca's 4-0 aggregate victory in the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Juventus will have to overcome Ligue 1 side Nantes if they are to progress to the last 16 after picking up just a single victory in Champions League Group H.

Ajax suffered a similar fate in their campaign and have been handed a tricky tie against Union Berlin, who are two points off top spot in the Bundesliga.

Jose Mourinho's Roma come up against FC Salzburg, Bayer Leverkusen face Monaco and Sevilla play PSV Eindhoven.

The eight victors of the knockout play-offs will earn progression to face the eight Europa League group stage winners in the last 16.

Scroll down for Europa Conference League knockout round play-off draw results.

Former European kings face off

Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final
Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final

With Barcelona vs Manchester United twice a Champions League final in 2008-09 and 2010-11, the pair facing off in a Europa League knockout play-off is perhaps a sign of how far both have fallen.

The duo have regularly competed for the top honours in Europe for much of their existence but have fallen on harder times in recent years.

Though there are signs of improvement under respective bosses Xavi and Erik ten Hag, neither are under any illusions of the big task at hand to lift them to their former glories.

Manchester United's last major honour was their 2016-17 Europa League triumph and both sides may now see this competition as an ideal chance to win some European silverware once again.

Europa League knockout round draw

Barcelona vs Manchester United

Juventus vs Nantes

Sporting vs FC Midtjylland

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes

Ajax vs Union Berlin

Bayer Leverkusen vs Monaco

Sevilla vs PSV Eindhoven

FC Salzburg vs Roma

Key dates

Knockout round play-offs: February 16 and 23

Last 16: March 9 and 16

Quarter-finals: April 13 and 20

Semi-finals: May 11 and 18

Final: May 31

Europa Conference League knockout round play-off draw

Qarabag vs Gent

Trabzonspor vs Basel

Lazio vs Cluj

Bodo/Glimt vs Lech Poznan

Braga vs Fiorentina

AEK Larnaca vs Dnipro-1

FC Sheriff vs Partizan Beograd

Ludogorets vs Anderlecht

Tags

Manchester UnitedAjaxBarcelonaRomaSevillaJuventusEuropa LeagueEuropa Conference LeagueNantesRennesUnion BerlinBayer LeverkusenMonacoPSV EindhovenLazioFiorentina
LiveScore logo

LiveScore: Live Sport Updates

Footbal Scores & Sports News