Xavi’s team has a few injury problems ahead of the highly anticipated showdown in Spain, with Ousmane Dembele ruled out due to a leg issue.
Meanwhile, Sergio Busquets hurt his ankle in a 3-0 La Liga win over Sevilla on February 5 and is regarded as a significant doubt.
Ronald Araujo received his fifth yellow card of the season during Saturday’s league victory over Cadiz, but his one-game suspension only applies to La Liga, so he will be ready to play United.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag’s team is dealing with injury issues, with both Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen missing. Marcel Sabitzer is serving a one-game suspension and will be eligible for the second leg.
However, Barcelona must exercise caution to ensure that Gavi does not face the same fate.
Barcelona’s star player might be suspended.
Gavi is one yellow card away from a one-game Europa League suspension this season, despite the fact that Barcelona has not participated in the competition.
This is due to the fact that the 18-year-old youngster received two yellow cards during the Champions League group stages, and the yellow cards transfer over to any other UEFA competition in which the team competes. If he is booked on Thursday, he will miss the second leg against Manchester United.
Despite only being promoted to the first squad last season, the midfielder has established himself as one of Barcelona’s essential players. This season, he has made 31 appearances across all competitions and has been in all four of Spain’s World Cup games.
Meanwhile, Busquets had three yellow cards this season but served his one-match suspension during the team’s final Champions League group game against Viktoria Plzen. As a result, if the experienced midfielder is declared fit, he will be able to face United.
Lisandro Martinez, though, is out for Ten Hag’s team after receiving three yellow cards in the Europa League group round. He and Sabitzer, who received three yellow cards when playing for Bayern Munich in the Champions League, will be eligible for the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.