Man United to face Barcelona in Europa League playoff

Barcelona and Manchester United will meet in the Europa League playoff round in February following the Catalan side's elimination from the Champions League.

Barcelona failed to get out of a group which included Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, dropping into the Europa League for the second season running.

United, meanwhile, finished second in their group behind LaLiga side Real Sociedad.

The tie will be played over two legs on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, with the first leg taking place at Camp Nou and the return game at Old Trafford a week later.

It is a draw both sides would have liked to avoid, with Barcelona and United among the favourites to go all the way in the competition. 

Barcelona are top of LaLiga having lost just one game in the league this season following summer spending of over €150 million, including the €45m signing of Robert Lewandowski.

United, meanwhile, have shown positive signs under new coach Erik ten Hag this season, although they saw a nine-game unbeaten run ended by Aston Villa at the weekend.