Barcelona and Manchester United played a thrilling 90 minutes at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Europa League Playoff tie, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Raphinha was the standout performer for Barcelona, scoring a goal and providing an assist. Ansu Fati, who came on in the second half, also had a good game, helping the team keep possession and having three shots on goal. Football fans were also the winners, enjoying one of the best games of the European season. Xavi Hernández, the Barcelona coach, was among the losers as he did not make the best decisions in terms of team selection and substitution. Erik Ten Hag, the Manchester United coach, outcoached Xavi by taking Rashford away from the left wing and avoiding the matchup with the dominant Ronald Araujo. Maurizio Mariani and Massimiliano Irrati, the Italian referee and VAR, also missed a clear penalty by Fred that would have given Barcelona a chance to win the game late.
Today: November 30, 2023