Europa League 2022-23 is in the spotlight again because of the presence of the two club football giants. It is time for the second leg between Manchester United and Barcelona which is scheduled to take place on Friday at the historical Old Trafford. The first leg between the two ended up as a draw by 2-2 and now the second leg will decide which team will advance to the next round.
Manchester United have come out as a strong club in the second half of club football. The Red Devils have shown a sudden change in their style of play and the credit goes to Erik Ten Hag.
Barcelona witnessed a shocking exit at the group stage from the Champions League but Xavi and his boys are leading the La Liga point table. The top bookmakers have put out odds for this tie on their platform.
Erik Ten Hag and his boys gave a stunning performance in the first leg against the visitors. Marcus Rashford scored the first goal and an own-goal from Barca’s Kounde saved ensured that the match ended 2-2. The Red Devils were on top of their game away from home and will be looking to repeat the performance at Old Trafford on Friday.
Donny van de Beek (knee), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Anthony Martial (hip), Scott McTominay (muscle), and Antony (leg) are out because of their respective injuries.
Predicted Lineup: De Gea, Dalot. Martinez, Varane, Shaw, Casemiro, Fred, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst
Barcelona are coming to Old Trafford after registering a comfortable win against Cadiz in a La Liga fixture. Xavi and his boys were aggressive in the last meeting with Manchester United and they are expected to apply the same strategy in the second leg as well. Lewandoski has been the star player for the team as he is a playmaker for Barcelona who can convert opportunities into goals when needed.
Pedri faced a devastating injury in the first leg and won’t be part of the second leg. Ousmane Dembele is already in the injury room and won’t make it to the starting XI.
Predicted Lineup: Ter Stegen, Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Roberto, De Jong, Kessie, Raphinha, Lewandowski, Torres
It is very difficult to differentiate between both teams as they are evenly matched and both teams have some major absentees. We predict a win for Barcelona because they have the quality to topple the Red Devils at home.