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BREAKING: Europa League knockout play-off draw sees Man Utd face Barcelona

Daniel Marland

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BREAKING: Europa League knockout play-off draw sees Man Utd face Barcelona

The Europa League knockout play-off draw has been announced.

Manchester United will face Barcelona in the round's standout tie. United finished second in Group E, meaning they have to face a third-placed team from this season's Champions League.

Barcelona failed to qualify from their Champions League group for a second time in as many years.

It means United and Barcelona will square off in European competition for the first time since 2019.

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In addition, it's a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals which were won by Barcelona.

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Juventus also find themselves in the Europa League for the first time since 2014 after an underwhelming showing in the Champions League.

Max Allegri's side needed results to go their way on the final matchday to ensure they weren't eliminated from European competition altogether.

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Benfica's 6-1 win over Maccabi Haifa ensured Juventus' 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was irrelevant.

They'll be facing Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, who finished second in their group behind Freiburg.

Europa League knockout play-off draw in full:

Barcelona vs Manchester United

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Juventus vs FC Nantes

Sporting CP vs FC Midtjylland

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes

Ajax vs Union Berlin

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Bayern Leverkusen vs Monaco

Sevilla vs PSV Eindhoven

FC Salzburg vs Roma

The first legs of the play-offs will take place on February 16, while the second legs are scheduled for February 23.

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Who do you think will qualify for the Europa league round of 16? Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy and UEFA

Topics: Manchester United, Europa League, Barcelona

Daniel Marland
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