Man United vs Barcelona: Paul Scholes Predicts Who Will Win Europa League Cracker

Man United vs Barcelona: Paul Scholes Predicts Who Will Win Europa League Cracker

  • Manchester United will be coming up against La Liga giants Barcelona in the knockout round of the Europa League
  • United drew the Camp Nou-based outfit in the next round of the competition after they finished second in the group stages
  • Barca, on the other hand, dropped to the second-tier European competition after finishing third in the Champions League group stages

Man United icon Paul Scholes believes his former side can see off Barcelona, when the two European giants lock horns in the Europa League.

United landed a fixture against Barcelona in the knock-out playoffs of the second-tier European competition, after they finished second in their pool behind Real Sociedad.

Barca meanwhile, were relegated to the Europa League following a woeful campaign in the group stages of the Champions League.

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United, Barcelona, Europa League, Old Trafford, Camp Nou, Xavi
Erik ten Hag speaks to his players during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park. Photo by Stu Forster.
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The Spanish giants finished third behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in their Champions League group, to set up a mouthwatering clash against the Red Devils.

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Paul Scholes makes his prediction

Scholes, a former Man United midfielder, has now backed the Erik ten Hag-tutored side to come out on top in their blockbuster fixture against Barcelona.

However, the former England international quickly suggested that the fixture won't be easy for United.

"I would love them to draw Barcelona to get the juices flowing and get a good atmosphere. I think they are capable of beating Barcelona," Scholes told BT Sports.
"On the other hand, they are a really good team. As much as I want to play them (Barcelona), they are probably the team you want to avoid," he added.

Meanwhile, Juventus are scheduled to face Nantes and Roma battles RB Salzburg in the other fixtures of the knockouts.

UCL round of 16 fixtures

Sports Brief has also reported that the fixtures of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 are out, with Real Madrid to face Liverpool in a run-back of of last season's final.

Paris Saint-Germain will play Bayern Munich in a very stern test of their aspirations of winning their first title.

Former Los Blancos player Hamit Altintop oversaw the draw in Nyon on November 7.