Barcelona vs Manchester United: Fred, David de Gea react to Europa League knockout play-off draw

Barcelona vs Manchester United: Fred, David de Gea react to Europa League knockout play-off draw

David de Gea and Fred have reacted after Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona in the Europa League knockout play-off.

Man United finished behind Real Sociedad in Group E and will have to go through Barca to reach the round of 16 of the competition.

Barcelona dropped to the Europa League after they finished behind the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Champions League group stage.

Manchester United last met Barcelona in the 2018/2019 Champions League quarter-final and failed to score in both games as United succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to Barca across both legs under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Barcelona may have struggled in the Champions League in recent seasons, but Fred, who was part of the Man United team that lost both matches to Barcelona, has described the La Liga giants as a ‘great’ team and claimed Manchester United won’t find the matches easy against Barca.

Speaking to MUTV, Fred said of the Europa League knockout play-off draw: “We know that Barcelona is a great team.

“It won’t be an easy game, there are no easy games in the Europa League. We were drawn against Barcelona. It will be a great game, I’m sure we are ready for it.

“We players like playing in great fixtures like these ones, and we are prepared for this game. God willing, we’ll qualify for the next round.

“This season is no different; every game, the big games, they were here, and we’ve had some great games and victories.

“I’m sure they’ll be here against Barcelona supporting us, they’ll give us strength to get the win. That’s why it’s so important to play in front of our fans and get a result here.”

Manchester United Barcelona David de Gea Fred Europa League knockout play-off

David de Gea was also part of the team that lost both legs to Barcelona under former boss Solskjaer.

The Spaniard believes coming up against the best teams is the only way a team can win the Europa League and has told the fans that Manchester United will try and win both games against the Catalans, who are doing brilliantly in La Liga.

“We know Barcelona is a great team, I think they are playing well,” De Gea told Manchester United’s official website.

“If you want to win the Europa League, you have to play against the best teams and Barcelona is [one of these].

“It’s one for the fans and we will try our best to win both games.”