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Manchester United Vs Barcelona Football Match Score 16 February 2023

Manchester United Vs Barcelona Football Match Score 16 February 2023

Manchester United have been warned that Barcelona are working harder than ever off the ball, ahead of their upcoming Europa League meeting. Villarreal boss Quique Setien has described the Blaugrana’s new ethos in glowing terms after his side were beaten by Xavi’s side on Sunday in LaLiga.

“There is something that this Barcelona team has changed a lot, which is without the ball,” he is quoted by Mundo Deportivo as saying. “The data is there, Barcelona are the team that runs the most without the ball.
Setien’s comments have been interpreted as a pointed remark given the criticism of his team’s work ethic during his time in charge of Barcelona. But the Catalans are enjoying a fine season and lead LaLiga after Pedri’s goal downed Villarreal to extend their lead atop the table to 11 points.

Xavi said after the game that striker Robert Lewandowski is the “first defender” in his system, which bears similarities to the esteemed setup of Pep Guardiola’s Camp Nou tenure. Barcelona host United in the first leg of their Europa League play-off on Thursday. Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been handed a timely boost with Casemiro available to face Barcelona in the first leg of the Europa League knockout play-off on Thursday.

The Red Devils take on the Blaugrana at Camp Nou in two days’ time and ahead of the game, they are set to be without several key players including Lisandro Martinez. Martinez picked up three yellow cards in the group stage of the Europa League. As a result, the Argentine will serve a one-game suspension against the Catalan giants.

Alongside him, Marcel Sabitzer is another player that is suspended. The Austrian had three yellow card offences for Bayern Munich in the Champions League group phase. His automatic one-game European ban will be carried over to the Europa League. Hence, the January signing won’t feature against Barcelona in the midweek showdown.

The absence of Martinez and Sabitzer is a huge blow for United, but Ten Hag has received a timely boost from the fact that Casemiro will be available for selection again. The Red Devils are currently short in midfield with Sabitzer obviously suspended while Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are nursing injuries. However, Casemiro, who is still serving a domestic suspension, will be available to be picked on Thursday and he looks set to partner Fred in the centre of the park.
Barcelona wonderkid Gavi is walking a suspension tightrope in their Europa League first leg against Manchester United.

UEFA’s website confirms Gavi will miss the second leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford if he picks up a yellow card in the first leg at the Nou Camp this week. Gavi, 18, is the only player on both teams who is one yellow card away from suspension for the second leg, due to bookings accumulated in the Champions League group stages. All yellow cards are wiped clean after the quarter-final stage.

Two Manchester United players are out of the first leg against Barcelona due to suspension already. One of these is Lisandro Martinez, who received three group stage bookings. The other is new loan signing Marcel Sabitzer, who is suspended after receiving three yellow cards in the Champions League group stages for Bayern Munich. Suspensions carry over between competitions mid-season. Both Martinez and Sabitzer will be available for the second leg at Old Trafford.

Barcelona cannot afford to lose Gavi because they are already set to be without midfielder Sergio Busquets for the first leg at least. Busquets suffered an injury a fortnight ago and has not played since. Marca reported he was targeting a return in the second leg. There will be extra focus on Frenkie de Jong in the first leg, against the club who tried to sign him in the summer. The good news from Manchester United’s perspective is the availability of Casemiro, despite his domestic suspension.

United will travel to Spain for the encounter on Thursday but will be without their new loan signing due to suspension from his time at Bayern Munich before his January move. Sabitzer picked up three yellow cards in the group stage of the Champions League this term with the German club, which leads to a one-match suspension in the competition and that will carry over to the Europa League.

Sabizter has impressed since his deadline-day move last month. He played an important part in United’s win against Leeds United at Elland Road on the weekend. He will join Lisandro Martinez, who also misses the first game against Barcelona due to yellow card suspension from the group stages. Erik ten Hag’s side will be boosted by the return of Casemiro, who was unavailable for the double-header in the Premier League against Leeds after he received a red card in the 2-1 win against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

He will play alongside Fred in the centre of the park, with United’s midfield looking bare with multiple injuries to important players at the moment. Christian Eriksen will be out of action for another two and a half months with an ankle injury, while Scott McTominay is also unavailable with a knock. Donny van de Beek’s season was ended after a grimacing knee injury sustained at the start of the year.

Sabitzer and Martinez will be available for selection in the second leg against Barcelona at the Theatre of Dreams next Thursday. That game will be played three days before The Reds face Newcastle United in the final of the Carabao Cup. RELATED TOPICS:BARCELONAERIK TEN HAGEUROPA LEAGUEMAIN ARTICLEMANCHESTER UNITEDMARCEL SABITZER
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