Barcelona will tonight host Manchester United at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Europa League knockout round playoff match.
Xavier Hernández’s men enter this competition for the second year in a row after finishing third in their Champions League group earlier this season, behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
The two teams have met in the Champions League previously, but this will be their first meeting in Europe’s secondary club competition.
Barcelona has lost five of their last 11 European games at Camp Nou, but they have won the last four meetings with United.
Meanwhile, Erik Ten Hag’s charges have won five consecutive Europa League games, but they will be hoping to win their first at Camp Nou tonight.
United seem to be back on track as they are still competing on all fronts this season, with an EFL Cup final clash against Newcastle, an FA Cup fifth-round tie with West Ham United in March, while they are only five points off the Premier League summit.
The Red Devils, who have lost just four of their 16 away matches in all competitions this season, will be eager to improve their record against Spanish opposition as they have won only three of their last 14 fixtures in European competition.
Barcelona, on the other hand, will come into this game full of confidence, having gone 16 games unbeaten in all competitions since October and currently leading La Liga.