Xavi Hernandez admits Man United are as tough as it could've got for Barcelona in the Europa League

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After failing to beat Inter Milan in their two matches in the group stage, Barcelona must now face an inform and best-resourced Manchester United side in the Europa League play-off round. "The draw has given us the most difficult tie, again," Xavi said. "Manchester United are a great rival, the worst that we could face. "We will have to compete very well, they have improved a lot since the arrival of Ten Hag, they are fifth in the table." In 2019, Barcelona beat United 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the Champions league and the previous two times they played was in 2009 and 2011 when Xavi played against them in the finals, winning those matches 2-1 and 3-1 respectively. Xavi added that having never won the Europa League title before, they were fully-focused on lifting it this year. "You really like these terms, in the press. Failure, obligation," Xavi said. "It's a challenge, the club has never won the Europa League and we're going to go for it," he added.

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