The Catalans have 11 victories in a row, but the Mancunians only get bored with Ronaldo.
On February 16, Manchester United will play away with Barcelona. The match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League will be held at the Camp Nou stadium in Spain. In total, the opponents met 16 times. In seven meetings, the Catalans won, and five remained for the Mancunians.
It is worth noting here that the average performance of matches is 2.94 goals per game. The teams last met on April 16, 2019, in the Champions League. Then Barcelona won the game with Manchester United with a score of 3: 0 and knocked him out of the tournament. The British have a chance to repay the debt.
Javier Hernandez's team has won 18 matches this season in La Liga and lost one. The difference between goals scored and conceded is 43:7. In addition; the Catalans score the most in the championship of Spain.
Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup without any problems. They were led in the score by the 90th minute 3:0 in the match with Real Madrid. Also rightfully entered the first line of La Liga, breaking away by 11 points from the closest pursuer. The championship race continues, but it will be difficult for competitors.
Note that the blue garnet won in the last six matches of the championship of Spain with a goal difference of 9:1. Often, the Catalan team scores two goals per game and concedes a minimal - 0.33 goals. That is, she has no problems with form and effectiveness.
Although, despite the excellent form, Barcelona lost the lead in the Champions League to Inter and Bayern, finishing third in the group. The Spaniards beat only Viktoria Pilsen, which eventually ended in last place.
The Catalans are approaching an important meeting with Manchester United with an unbeaten streak of 11 matches in all competitions. Recently, they won another dry victory in a meeting with Villarreal (1:0). Pedri became the author of the goal, and the experienced Robert Lewandowski assisted the young talent.
Along with outstanding results, the Spanish team has losses. In the first match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League with Manchester United, most likely, the leaders Sergio Busquets and Ousmane Dembele will not play. Particularly noticeable may be the absence of Dembele, who has become one of the leaders of the club.
However, it is worth noting Robert Lewandowski. This is the central star, who gained excellent physical shape for this match. Prove this performance during the season. For 18 games, the striker scored 14 goals and gave five assists. At the moment, he is the top scorer of the Examples, ahead of the nearest pursuer by three goals.
"Manchester United" in the Europa League group stage did not experience serious difficulties. Having won five matches in a row, he scored 10 goals in six rounds. The British lost only in the first round to the Spanish Real Sociedad with a score of 0:1. Luckily, I could get back in shape.
After the noisy departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club from Saudi Arabia, the Red Devils won 12 of 15 matches and lost only one. The Portuguese star wasn't indispensable. At the moment, the team of Eric ten Hag is in third place in the English Premier League.
Two points behind Manchester City and five points behind Arsenal indicate that Manchester United is in good shape. In the last meeting, by the way, they beat Leeds 2-0. Marcus Rashford scored. The striker has yet to return to his former performance, but he scored 12 goals this season and gave three assists.
With good performance, the English striker can cling to the title of top scorer in the Europa League. We should expect a significant contribution from him to the outcome of the upcoming meeting. This is extremely important for Erik ten Hag because his team also suffers losses.
Christian Eriksen, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, and Scott McTominay will likely not play in the first match of the 1/16 finals of the Europa League with Barcelona. In such scenarios, one should not expect victory from the guests. The hosts look much more preferable.
Both teams are in good physical shape and have no problems with the results. The bookmakers favor the Spaniards, and we wouldn't argue. The fact is that Barcelona feels extremely confident with Xavi and is approaching the home match on a winning streak. Manchester United is not so good away now, but you should refrain from writing off the English from the accounts.