Anthony Fires Man United Past Barcelona in Europa Play-Off

Anthony Fires Man United Past Barcelona in Europa Play-Off

England’s Manchester United rallied from a goal down to pip Spanish La Liga side Barcelona 2-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate to win their Europa League play-off at Old Trafford on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski’s early penalty had left Erik ten Hag’s team with work to do but his half-time change turned the game with second-half goals from Fred and substitute Antony enough to take United through to the round of 16 at the expense of Xavi’s Barca.

Manchester United beat Barcelona for the first time since April 2008, ending their five-game winless run against the Spanish side.

Barcelona had gone unbeaten in 37 successive matches in which they had led at the break before this result.

Only Marcus Rashford (17) has netted more goals for Manchester United at Old Trafford this season than Fred (5).

What’s next?

Manchester United now switch their attentions to Wembley, where they take on Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, February 26th, 2023.