Barcelona’s visit to Manchester United is the pick of the ties as the UEFA Europa League returns with eight knockout round playoff matches.
The winners of the two-legged encounter will qualify for the Round of 16 of the Europa League, while the losers will be out of European competition.
United are third in the Premier League, five points off the top. Barca have an eight-point lead in first place in La Liga.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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120 mins from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Barcelona and Manchester United’s return to European action this season!
Games with the feel of a final rarely come around in the UEFA Europa League in February. Rather than contesting a trophy, though – as these teams did in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals – this game will decide whose European season ends.
The winners after the return game at Old Trafford on February 23 will go through to the Europa League Round of 16 and be among the favourites to win it, with Barca flying at the top of La Liga and a much-improved United only five points behind joint Premier League leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.
We see you, Reds 😍
📌 Barcelona#MUFC || #UEL pic.twitter.com/FIuViwiiYg
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 16, 2023
Barcelona vs Man United predicted lineups
Barcelona’s key injury absence is captain Sergio Busquets, as he joins Ousmane Dembele on the sidelines, due to an ankle problem.
Xavi is likely to stick with Franck Kessie as Busquets’ replacement, with Spanish pair Jordi Alba and Ansu Fati also pushing for a recall.
Barcelona starting XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) — Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Alba — Pedri, De Jong, Kessie — Fati, Lewandowski, Gavi
Barcelona subs: Pena (GK), Balde, Raphinha, Torres, Alonso, Roberto, Garcia, Torre, Alarcon
Ten Hag is battling against a growing injury list at United with Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Antony joining Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek on the sidelines.
Argentina international Lisandro Martinez is suspended but Casemiro is available despite a domestic ban.
Man United starting XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea (GK) — Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw — Casemiro, Sabitzer — Rashford, Fernandes, Sancho — Weghorst
Man United subs: Heaton (GK), Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Fred, Malacia, Pellestri, Elanga, Iqbal, Mainoo
What time is Barcelona vs Man United kickoff?
This Europa League clash kicks off at the iconic Camp Nou in Barcelona on Thursday, February 16 at 6:45 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|USA||Thu, Feb. 16||12:45 ET|
|Canada||Thu, Feb. 16||12:45 ET|
|UK||Thu, Feb. 16||17:45 GMT|
|Australia||Fri, Feb. 17||04:45 AEDT*|
|India||Thu, Feb. 16||23:15 IST|
|Hong Kong||Fri, Feb. 17||01:45 HKT*|
|Malaysia||Fri, Feb. 17||01:45 MYT*|
|Singapore||Fri, Feb. 17||01:45 SGT*|
|New Zealand||Fri, Feb. 17||06:45 NZDT*|
* Game kicks off on Friday, February 17 in these time zones.
How to watch Man United vs. Barcelona
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|India||Sony TEN 2||Sony LIV, JioTV|
|Malaysia||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, sooka|
|New Zealand||—||Spark Sport|
|Singapore||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+|
|UK||BT Sport 2||BT Sport site/app|
ViX+, TUDN app
Australia: Fans can watch every match from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Conference League with all the action streaming ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.
Canada: Every Champions League and Europa League match in Canada can be streamed exclusively on DAZN.
UK: The UEFA Europa League is carried by BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.
USA: Fans in the USA can watch the Europa League in English (CBS and Paramount+) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN, UniMas, ViX and ViX+). This match will be shown on TUDN and subscription service Paramount+ and ViX+.
When matches are televised on CBS or Univision TV channels, those same channels are streamed on fuboTV, which is available on a free trial for new users.