Manchester United has been drawn in the Europa League knockout stage play-offs versus Barcelona, and Twitter has exploded.
The Red Devils finished second in Group E of the Europa League, with Real Sociedad taking first place with a goal difference advantage of one. Meanwhile, Barcelona finished third in Champions League Group C, with Bayern Munich winning and Inter Milan finishing second.
Fans Reaction after Manchester United’s draw against Barcelona
One fan said, “RONALDO GETTING OWNED”.
Another tweeted, “Congratulations to Barca for goi thru to ro16!!“
A third said, “There’s no way that among 8 teams in a pot FC Barcelona gets Manchester united by chance”.
Manchester United Vs FC Barcelona
Last season, UEFA implemented knockout round playoffs. It pits a team that finished third in the Europa League group stages against a team that was demoted from third in the Champions League group stages.
The tie that neutrals had hoped to see has been drawn: Manchester United will now face Barcelona in a thrilling match. The two teams last clashed in Europe during the 2018-19 Champions League season.
Barcelona won the quarter-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Nou Camp, where he spent years competing against Barcelona in the El Clasico with Real Madrid.
However, all eyes will be on Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Nou Camp for a tense battle with Barcelona.
CR7 has 20 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions versus the Blaugrana. The last time he visited Camp Nou FC Barcelona lost 3-0 against Juventus. It will be interesting match to look forward.
De Jong, on the other hand, will play against the team that desperately wanted him in the Europa League. He will also face his old manager Erik ten Hag, who guided him to an Eredivisie triumph at Ajax.
Other Fixtures of Europa League
Meanwhile, Juventus, who finished third in Group H of the Champions League behind PSG and Benfica, has been drawn against Nantes from Ligue 1.
Sporting CP will meet Midtjylland of Denmark. Shakhtar Donetsk will face off against Stade Rennais.
Ajax, who came close to winning the Europa League in 2017 before losing in the final to Manchester United, will play the excellent Union Berlin. Finally, Bayer Leverkusen will take against AS Monaco.