Manchester United vs Villarreal LIVE FINAL Football Score 26 May 2021
NAME: Villarreal – Manchester United
DATE: 26 May 2021
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Stadion Energa Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Manchester United vs Villarreal will take place on Wednesday at Stadion Miejski. The game between two of Europe’s better sides should be an interesting one, although Manchester United do hold an advantage over the Spanish outfit. Villarreal finished sixth in La Liga while Manchester United finished second in the Premier League.
If you talk about individual quality, we know that Manchester United have better individual players in many positions. Villarreal’s players improve by so much in quality when they play together, though, and it showed in their run to the Europa League final. It’s a team game after all.
Manchester United had quite an eventful semi-final tie with Roma, with the team from England advancing 8-5 on aggregate. Villarreal were solid as always in their games against Arsenal, beating them 2-1 on aggregate. So, who makes the combined XI? Who makes the cut from both teams? Let’s find out.
Manchester United GK David De Gea
Manchester United have two good goalkeepers in their hands, but I think De Gea still starts the final against Villarreal. He has started their previous four games in Europa League, so it would make sense.
As for Gerónimo Rulli, I think he’s a good goalkeeper, and has performed very well for Villarreal in the Europa League, and has had the most clean sheets, but that’s more of Villarreal’s defense being solid / the opponent’s attack not being so good than him actually being better than usual. David De Gea has saved more shots in less attempts, so his save percentage is higher than Rulli’s. This was a tough one, but I pick De Gea.
ABOUT THE MATCH
Villarreal is going head to head with Manchester United starting on 26 May 2021 at 19:00 UTC at Stadion Energa Gdansk stadium, Gdansk city, Poland. The match is a part of the UEFA Europa League.
Villarreal played against Manchester United in 1 matches this season.v Two managers with differing resumes of success in continental competition prepare their sides for battle in Gdansk as Villarreal take on Manchester United in Wednesday’s Europa League final.
The Yellow Submarine sent Arsenal packing 2-1 on aggregate in the final four to advance to the showpiece event, while Man United put eight past Roma over two legs as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer searches for his first piece of silverware since assuming office. Villarreal’s La Liga campaign ended in disappointment with a 2-1 defeat to eventual runners-up Real Madrid on Saturday, whereas United secured victory in the Premier League by the same scoreline over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The stage was set for perennial Europa League winner Unai Emery to get revenge on Arsenal after being given the boot by the North London outfit, and the Europa League master outclassed European novice Mikel Arteta to dump his former side out of the tournament. Villarreal arguably should have been out of sight in the first leg of their semi-final as first-half goals from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol put them in the driving seat against a toothless Arsenal, but Nicolas Pepe’s spot kick gave Arsenal hope before Emery once again stepped foot onto the Emirates sidelines.
However, the Yellow Submarine avenged their two previous Champions League exits to Arsenal by holding them to a goalless stalemate in North London – during which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post twice – and Villarreal are now just 90 minutes away from ending their agonising wait for a maiden major honour. Not even an early injury to scintillating attacker Samuel Chukwueze could dampen the spirits of Villarreal on the night, and as he did time and time again with Sevilla, Emery will endeavour to stamp his authority on Europe’s secondary competition as he seeks a fourth Europa League title since 2014.
It is not just Emery’s personal record on the line this week, as Villarreal’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend – where Yeremy’s opener was cancelled out by Karim Benzema and Luka Modric – means that a spot in the UEFA Conference League looms unless they can come up trumps in Gdansk and return to the biggest stage of them all in the Champions League.
With an astonishing record of 12 wins and two draws in their 14 Europa League matches so far, Villarreal may be the underdogs going into Wednesday’s final, but Emery just seems to have that secret formula for success on the continental stage and Man United would commit an act of folly if they failed to do their research on the opposing coach.
Having reached the semi-finals of Europe’s secondary competition three times in the past, Villarreal have now become the 11th different Spanish side to book their place in a continental final, and history favours them too, as English teams have now lost nine times in a row when facing Spanish sides in the final.
Furthermore, Emery’s exciting crop have found the back of the net in 13 of their 14 Europa League games so far this term – with the goalless draw at the Emirates being the only exception – and Gerard Moreno has been at the heart of it all with six goals and four assists en route to Gdansk.
Emery failed to secure a record-breaking haul of four Europa League wins with Arsenal after overseeing a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the 2018-19 final, but having already produced the goods against one English powerhouse, Villarreal must be paid the respect they deserve by a United side who are also no stranger to success in the tournament.