Barcelona have 59 points from 22 matches to be placed at the top of the La Liga standings. They are eight points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid.
Manchester United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford for a mouth-watering second-leg in the knockout round of Europa League playoff tie on Thursday night. The first leg lived up to the pre-match hype by delivering a classical European night. Both sides went on an all-out attacking approach, which provided a footballing feast for the supporters. Despite being the away team, United played aggressive attacking football at Camp Nou, making it an absolute spectacle. The same can be expected from Barcelona this time.
Despite the Catalan giants being the away side, it would not be surprising to see them play in their usual attacking style at Old Trafford. If that is the case then neutrals will be in for a treat once again. This contest on Thursday night has to produce a result. If they cannot be separated then the match will head to 30-minute extra time and penalty shootout if need be in order to determine a winner. With both teams enjoying good domestic form, the supporters can anticipate to witness another pulsating tie on Thursday night.
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Erik ten Hag’s side have done incredibly well to stay near the top spot in the table. Manchester United have 49 points from 24 games to be placed third in the Premier League table. Even though United will be outsiders in the title race, they are only five points behind leaders Arsenal at this point. Hence, anything can still happen in the title race. Meanwhile, Barcelona have 59 points from 22 matches to be placed at the top of the La Liga standings. They are eight points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid.
These two European giants have been involved in several jaw-dropping ties over the years. Most of them have been in the Champions League. It includes two finals in 2009 and 2011, which were both won by Barcelona. The rich-history is going to continue on Thursday, however, it will not be in the Champions League. Manchester United’s poor league performance last season means they have played this competition from the start of this campaign.
Meanwhile, Barcelona had dropped down to Europa League after finishing third in Group C of the Champions League. A total of five games have happened between these two sides at Old Trafford. Manchester United lead the way with two victories, while the Catalan giants have tasted success on one occasion. The remaining two ended in draws. The last time they played each other at this stadium was in 2019 during a first leg quarterfinal tie of the Champions League. It was narrowly won by Barcelona 1-0.
|Manchester United won||2|
|Total Manchester United goals||9|
|Total Barcelona goals||6|
|Biggest Manchester United win||1-0 (2019)|
|Biggest Barcelona win||3-0 (1984)|
|Last 5 matches (all competitions)||Results|
|Barcelona draw Manchester United||2-2|
|Barcelona beat Manchester United||3-0|
|Manchester United lose to Barcelona||0-1|
|Barcelona beat Manchester United||1-0|
|Barcelona lose to Manchester United||1-3|
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