Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Europa League: United Push Past Barca To Reach Last 16

Manchester United produced a memorable second-half comeback to reach the Europa League last 16 and knock out Barcelona in the process.

After the first leg of their playoff ended 2-2 in Spain, United got the better of Barcelona at Old Trafford to progress 4-3 on aggregate with Antony securing the winner.

Robert Lewandowski‘s early penalty after Bruno Fernandes‘needless foul on Alejandra Balde had given Barca the perfect start but La Liga leaders were again undone with the step up to the European stage as Fred levelled early in the second period.

Antony’s arrival for struggling forward Wout Weghost in the second half changed the course of the tie as it injected more pace into United’s attacks, which the La Liga leaders failed to deal with.

United are riding the crest of a wave in Erik ten Hag‘s first season in charge as the Red Devils remain in the hunt for trophies on four fronts.

They could end a six-year wait for silverware when they face Newcastle in the League Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.

United are now unbeaten at Old Trafford in 18 games dating back to September.

 

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