🏆 Europa League Final 2020/21: Manchester United Vs Villarreal..Match Preview, Live Updates, Team News and Match Stats

:trophy: Manchester United face the La Liga side in Gdansk, Poland tonight as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to get his hands on a first piece of silverware since since taking charge of the club in 2018-19.

This is United’s eighth major European final but Villarreal’s first.

There are plans for 2,000 fans of each club to be present at the final.

Thirty minutes’ extra time will be played if the scores are level after 90 minutes. The final will be decided by a penalty shootout if the scores are still level after 120 minutes.

Where?

The Europa League Final Villarreal vs Manchester United will be played at Gdansk Stadium.

When?

Wednesday, May 26 2021 at 20:00 BST (May 27 in India at 12:30 IST)

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European Final - Stats

  • This is Manchester United’s 8th major European final, the second-most of any English club after Liverpool (14). They have been crowned winners in 5 of the previous 7 finals, losing only against Barcelona in the Champions League in both 2008-09 and 2010-11.

  • This is Villarreal’s first major European final.

  • Villarreal and United are meeting for the fifth time, with each of the previous four meetings finishing 0-0 in the Champions League between 2005-06 and 2008-09.

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will contest only his second final in his managerial career, having won the 2013 Norwegian Cup with Molde. Solskjaer would be the first Norwegian manager to win a major European trophy.

  • Aged 19 years and 237 days on the day of the final, United’s Mason Greenwood could become only the second English teenager to score in a major European final after Brian Kidd, who scored on his 19th birthday for United in the 1968 European Cup final against Benfica.

  • United’s Edinson Cavani has scored 5 goals and provided 2 assists in only 247 minutes of Europa League action this season, averaging either a goal or an assist every 35 minutes.

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Manchester United

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UEFA ranking: 8

Transferred from UEFA Champions League, 4-0 Real Sociedad (R32), 2-1 AC Milan (R16), 4-0 Granada (QF), 8-5 Roma (SF)

Last season: semi-finals (L vs Sevilla)

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: winners (2017)

Why this is their year

Last season’s semi-final defeat to Sevilla hurt Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his players. United paid a heavy price for their profligacy that night but are determined not to make the same mistakes this time around.

Tactics

Solskjær normally sets his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation but has been known to deploy a 3-4-1-2 system, and has even experimented with a 4-4-2 diamond.

Key player: Bruno Fernandes

With nearly 40 goals or assists in all competitions this season, Bruno Fernandes remains the beating heart of this Red Devils team.

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Villarreal

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UEFA ranking: 25

Group I winners, 4-1 Salzburg (R32), 4-0 Dynamo Kyiv (R16), 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb (QF), 2-1 Arsenal (SF)

Last season: N/A

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League best: semi-finals (2004, 2011, 2016)

Why this is their year

Unai Emery has won this competition three times and is working for a club who are now in their fourth semi-final. Villarreal want this trophy and qualification for the UEFA Champions League equally badly.

Tactics

Emery can adapt to circumstances and opportunities, but this season, the Yellow Submarine have largely lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, which he can switch to a 4-5-1 when he has to.

Key player: Gerard Moreno

Spanish international Moreno is a real nuisance for defenders and his eye for goal makes him a player everyone should be wary of.

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Unai Emery has now progressed from each of his last five Europa League semi-finals:

:white_check_mark: 2014 Sevilla
:white_check_mark: 2015 Sevilla
:white_check_mark: 2016 Sevilla
:white_check_mark: 2019 Arsenal
:white_check_mark: 2021 Villarreal

The Unai Emery League.

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Paul Pogba has won five of the seven major finals he has played in during his career:

:trophy: 2015 Coppa Italia
:x: 2015 Champions League
:trophy: 2016 Coppa Italia
:trophy: 2017 League Cup
:trophy: 2017 Europa League
:x: 2018 FA Cup
:trophy: 2018 World Cup

He will be looking to make it six in Gdansk.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the first person to reach a major European Cup final as both a player and manager for Man Utd.

Partying like it’s 1999.

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Bruno Fernandes has now been directly involved in 31 goals in 32 Europa League appearances for Sporting and Man Utd:

:soccer: 19 goals
:a: 12 assists

More than any other player since he made his debut in the competition.

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Man Utd and Villarreal have faced each other on four previous occasions:

2005: :handshake: 0-0
2005: :handshake: 0-0
2008: :handshake: 0-0
2008: :handshake: 0-0

Let’s hope we have some goals in the final. :sweat_smile:

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Most goals & assists in the 2020/21 Europa League knockout stages:

◉ Bruno Fernandes :soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::a::a::a::a:
◉ Gerard Moreno :soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::a::a::a:

Only one of them can lift the trophy.

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:earth_americas: Kick-off Times around the world

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:speaking_head: “This is just a step on the road to bringing our Man. United back.”

:red_circle: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær

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Player performance in domestic and European competition

:chart_with_upwards_trend: Bruno Fernandes still leads the FedEx Performance Zone player rankings.

Will he win the trophy, designed by 13-year-old Julieta in Spain, after the Europa League final?

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:red_circle: Bruno Fernandes in this competition :fire: :fire:

More goals to come in Gdańsk? :soccer:

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2020-21 Europa League Top Scorers

Will there be a change at the top after Wednesday’s final? :thinking:

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:es: Unai Emery’s record in this competition :trophy: :trophy: :trophy:

:trophy: :two: :zero: :two: :one: :interrobang:

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In 2020/21, Unai Emery became the first manager to reach the Europa League final with three different teams and his Villarreal side have not yet lost a game in the competition.

One more win and he would become the most successful manager in UEFA Cup / UEL history.

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:earth_africa: | Teams are in!

We’re only an hour away from the 2020/21 Europa League final, as Villarreal and Manchester United meet in Gdansk!

The English side are looking for their 7th European trophy, while Villarreal are aiming to win the first major trophy in club history!

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Bruno Fernandes captains Manchester United in the UEL Final

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The UEL trophy is ready and waiting in Gdansk. :trophy:

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