Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford in a winner-takes-all showdown at the Europa League Round of 16 playoff stage on February 23.
Both Erik ten Hag and Xavi have overseen major improvements in their sides this season, but only one of them will be continuing on their European adventure in 2023.
Are Man United eliminated if they lose to Barcelona?
The Red Devils will be officially eliminated from the 2022-2023 UEFA Europa League if Manchester United lose to Barcelona in the second leg of the knockout round. Then, Barcelona will win and advance to the round of 16.
If Barcelona beat Manchester United, the round of 16 tie will be held on February 24. At that stage, the play-off winners will join the group winners of the tournament.
Therefore, there are eight teams in the UEFA Europa League round of 16: Fenerbahce, Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Feyenoord, Ferencvaros, Freiburg, Arsenal and Union Saint-Gilloise.
If Barcelona eliminate Manchester United, the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 will be played on March 9 and the second leg on March 16.
Barcelona will arrive as favorites to reach the final of the tournament on May 31 at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
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