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Europa League play-off draw: Manchester United & FC Barcelona set to square off

The draw for the Europa League Round of 32 took place on Monday afternoon.


Manchester United and FC Barcelona discovered who they will face in the play-off round of this season’s UEFA Europa League, as they aim to make it into the last-16.

The draw, which contained a total of 16 clubs, took place at 12pm GMT in Nyon, Switzerland.

Manchester United missed out on top spot in Group E, despite winning five of their six matches, meaning they must navigate their way through a two-legged play-off fixture to reach the last-16.

As for Barcelona, they finished third in their Champions League group, so they too must navigate the Round of 32.

The eight clubs who finished as runners-up in the EL are the seeded teams and will have the advantage of being at home in the second leg. The ties are not scheduled to take place, however, until February.

Following the conclusion of those ties, the play-off winners will enter the main last-16 draw and be pitted against one of the eight Europa League group stage winners. That draw will take place on Friday, February 24.

On Monday, Manchester United were drawn against FC Barcelona, which is perhaps the toughest game they could have been given.

The full Europa League draw is as follows: Barcelona v Man Utd, Juventus v Nantes, Sporting v Midtjylland, Shakhtar Donetsk v Rennes, Ajax v Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco, Sevilla v PSV, RB Salzburg v Roma

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