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February 16, 2023

A heavyweight clash marks the return of the Europa League as Manchester United travel to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou tonight. It’s the first leg of the play-off round clash, between two of the favourites to win the whole competition.

Barcelona dropped down to the Europa League after finishing behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in their Champions League group, but go into this tie with real confidence. Xavi’s side are eight points clear at the top of La Liga, and have not lost in any competition since October. Marcos Alonso starts for the hosts at centre-back, with Robert Lewandowski leading the line

It’s therefore a huge test for United, though they are in good form themselves. Erik ten Hag has turned things around at Old Trafford, with the team just five points off the top of the Premier League and they have a Carabao Cup final to come. Luke Shaw partners Raphael Varane in defence, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!