Three reasons to watch Barcelona vs Man Utd on BT SportTwo clubs with storied histories face off in a Europa League play-off with a place in the last 16 on the line. Published: 16 February 2023 - 8. 48am By Press Association Barcelona host Manchester United at Camp Nou tonight in a fixture that was once a Champions League final but is now a Europa League play-off. That is an indication of the two club’s respective declines in recent years, although the future looks brighter for both this season. With a place in the last 16 of the competition up for grabs, here are three reasons to watch the first leg, live on BT Sport 2. BT Sport Monthly PassJoin the home of live sport for just £29.
This is a match steeped in history then, a game that looks out of place on a Thursday night. Some of Europe’s greatest ever players, greatest managers, have represented both teams, and even now their squads are full of expensive talent. Essentially then, this is a Champions League match in all but name. What better reason to tune in tonight? Two clubs on the up Barcelona’s failure to get out of their group in the Champions League was an obvious disappointment but their performances in La Liga this season have made up for it.
99 per month. Get instant access to the BT Sport app, with no contract and no BT broadband required. A clash of European giants The last time Manchester United played against Barcelona was in 2019, in the Champions League quarter-finals. It finished 4-0 on aggregate to the Catalans, who went on to lose to eventual winners Liverpool in the semi-finals. Even then, four years ago, it was almost inconceivable that this would be a Europa League fixture, a prelude to the competition’s actual knockout stages. In 2011, one of the greatest club sides of all time, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s United 3-1 at Wembley in the Champions League final, with Lionel Messi at the forefront. And two years before that Messi was instrumental again as Barcelona once again got the better of United in a Champions League final, this time in Rome.
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