Man Utd Will Face Barcelona In 2022-23 Europa League Knockout Play-Offs

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Manchester United face a difficult Knockout Play-Off against Barcelona in 2022-23 UEFA Europa League. 

Man Utd will play Barcelona in a blockbuster knockout play-off tie after both teams underperformed in their Champions League and Europa League groups respectively.

Juventus face a tricky tie against Group G runners-up, Nantes after finding themselves back in this competition for the first time, since they reached semi-finals in 2013-14 season where they lost to eventual runners-up Benfica.

Six-time champions, Sevilla commence their knockout campaign against PSV Eindhoven in a tricky tie, after only managing to finish third in their Champions League group.

Sporting Lisbon join this competition after they were eliminated in a tight Group D in Champions League, and will face FC Midtylland for a place in the Round of 16.

Ajax will take on Bundeliga’s Union Berlin as the Dutch club look to match their Quarter-Final run of 2020-21 edition of this competition.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma will take on Red Bull Salzburg for a place in the Round of 16.

Bayer Leverkusen will meet AS Monaco in what could be a closely fought contest between two strong teams at this stage of the competition.

2008-09 UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Dontesk will face France’s Rennes in the weakest tie of the round.

First legs will be played on 16 February 2023 with those who join via the Champions League elimination path playing at home, by virtue of having been unseeded for the draw.

Those who finished runners-up in their Europa League group to qualify for these knockout play-offs will then host the second leg at home on Thursday 23 February.

The eight play-off winners will then advance to the Round of 16 when Europa League group winners like Arsenal and Real Sociedad await, having earned a free pass through these knockout play-offs as reward for topping their groups.

Team 1 v Team 2
Barcelona v Manchester United
Juventus v Nantes
Sporting Lisbon v FC Midtylland
Shakhtar Donetsk v Rennes
Ajax v Union Berlin
Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco
Sevilla v PSV Eindhoven
Red Bull Salzburg v AS Roma

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