How to watch the Europa League: Man United to face Barcelona in February play-off


Arsenal are through but Manchester United need to overcome a tough test if they're to join them in the round of 16

Manchester United must beat Spanish giants Barcelona to keep their hopes of a second Europa League crown alive. 

The Red Devils finished runners-up in their group and therefore need to win a two-legged play-off to proceed to the last 16 of the competition. 

Their opponents were knocked out of the Champions League after finishing third in their group behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, and are one of the strongest sides United could have been drawn against. 

United are away in the first leg, which takes place on Thursday, 16 February and kicks off at 5.45pm. The return leg at Old Trafford kicks off at 8pm on Thursday, 23 February, and both games will be exclusively live on BT Sport.

The other English side in the competition, Arsenal, are already through to the round of 16 having topped Group A ahead of PSV Eindhoven. They'll find out their opponents when the draw for the next round is made on 24 February. Round of 16 fixtures will be played during the first two weeks of March.

BT Sport is the only place to watch Europa League games live in the UK and is broadcasting every match in the competition, though many of them are digital exclusives, meaning you can only access them via the BT Sport app.

A full list of upcoming live fixtures can be found below, along with the various ways to access BT Sport channels both in the UK and abroad, the easiest of which is to purchase a Monthly Pass costing £25/mth.

How to watch the Europa League in the UK: Upcoming fixtures

Thursday, 16 February 

  • Ajax vs FC Union Berlin at 5.45pm
  • Barcelona vs Manchester United at 5.45pm
  • FC Red Bull Salzburg vs Roma at 5.45pm
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rennes at 5.45pm
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Monaco at 8pm
  • Juventus vs Nantes at 8pm
  • Sevilla vs PSV Eindhoven at 8pm
  • Sporting Lisbon vs FC Midtjylland at 8pm

Thursday, 23 February

  • FC Midtjylland vs Sporting Lisbon at 5.45pm
  • Monaco vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen at 5.45pm
  • Nantes vs Juventus at 5.45pm
  • PSV Eindhoven vs Sevilla at 5.45pm
  • FC Union Berlin vs Ajax at 8pm
  • Manchester United vs Barcelona at 8pm
  • Rennes vs Shakhtar Donetsk at 8pm
  • Roma vs FC Red Bull Salzburg at 8pm 

How to watch the Europa League in the UK: BT Sport Monthly Pass

As you can see from the sections below, there are many different ways to get BT Sport on your TV. The only disadvantage is that most of these methods include opting into a long-term contract. The best contract-free way to watch BT Sport is by getting a BT Sport Monthly Pass.

The pass costs £25 per month and gives you instant access to nine exclusive BT Sport channels, four of which are in HD. You can stream content instantly on any device, have the flexibility to cancel your subscription at any time, and you can even stream games on any two devices at the same time.

Buy BT Sport Monthly Pass

How to watch the Europa League in the UK: BT Sport

UK channel BT Sport has exclusive rights to broadcast the Europa League this season. If you already have BT Broadband, you can get the BT Sport app for just £15 a month. This lets you download the app onto your console or Smart TV to watch the games live.

Add BT Sport to your package

How to watch the Europa League in the UK: BT TV

As we're previously mentioned above, the only channel that is broadcasting live coverage of the Europa League in the UK is BT Sport. There are a number of ways to get the channel depending on how you want to watch, and what TV provider you already have.

If you sign up for a BT broadband and TV package, BT Sport is included as standard. If you already have BT broadband, you can add BT TV and BT Sport will be added automatically. If you already have BT broadband and BT TV but signed up before BT Sport was added as standard, you can add BT Sport to your bundle, starting from £15/mth.

Get BT TV with BT Sport

How to watch the Europa League live on BT Sport on Sky

If you have a Sky TV package, you can add BT Sport as part of one of three new packages. All three packages come with Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Racing, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix plus BT Sport 1, 2, 3 and BT ESPN and the prices start at £30/mth, alongside an existing Sky TV subscription.

Get BT Sport on Sky

How to watch the Europa League live on BT Sport on TalkTalk TV

The prices to add BT Sport channels to your TalkTalk TV lineup costs the same as it does to add them Sky TV (£30/mth, not inclusive of the activation fee). However, it doesn't come with the option to watch the channels in high definition, only SD.

Get BT Sport on TalkTalk TV

How to watch the Europa League online on the BT Sport app

Once you've signed up for BT TV and/or BT broadband, you can watch all matches including highlights and news on the BT Sport app. This app covers the same channels as those available via BT TV including BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport ESPN and BT Sport Extra and is available for iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets, Apple TV, Xbox or Samsung Smart TV. You can also attach a Google Chromecast and stream the app from your laptop, tablet or phone to your standard TV.

BT also has a range of SIM-only offers, many of which include the BT Sport app for free. Considering the app itself is worth £10/mth, it's a great deal if you're looking to kill two birds with one stone: Not only do you get a great SIM-card offer, but you'll also be able to stream Europa League games featuring your favourite British teams from the comfort of your phone.

Get the BT Sport app with these SIM-only deals

How to watch the Europa League abroad: use a good VPN service

Many streaming services apply geographical restrictions to their content, meaning you won’t be able to access your normal content library when you’re outside your home country (on holiday, say). The only way around this is to use a good VPN service. VPNs (virtual private networks) use technical wizardry to change your device’s IP address so that you can virtually browse from anywhere in the world that you want. This is extremely important, especially if you want to secure your online activities from snoopers, including your ISP, mobile servicer provider and other hackers.

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ExpressVPN has consistently been the fastest VPN in our regular speed tests, meaning you can watch lag-free streams of the Europa League regardless of where in the world you’re browsing from. You can use it on five devices at the same time and the service has a generous 30-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with it. Even better, our readers get three months free when they choose the one-year plan, saving you a massive 49%.

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NordVPN shares many of the best features with ExpressVPN, including a strict no-logs policy, multiple simultaneous connections, and a wide range of servers to let you watch the Europa League regardless of where in the world you are. Its desktop app has a nice global interface to let you select which country you want to browse from. Our readers also get a huge discount when they choose the long-term plan.

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