2021 Europa League Final, Man Utd vs Villarreal: What time is kick off tomorrow and how to watch on TV?
who are the finalists?
Winner of this competition in 2017 and already assured of a Champions League qualification after finishing second in the Premier League. Solskjaer is yet to win his first major trophy as a manager and it looks like a presentable opportunity to do so. United were knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual winners Sevilla last season.
Emery won this competition three years in a row with Sevilla and sent his former club Arsenal to the semi-finals. The Spanish side finished seventh in La Liga but Emery is judged to be doing a good job, and Samuel Chukwueze, Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno are dangerous attackers.
What are the latest team news?
Solskjaer admits he is undecided as to who will play on goal for Manchester United in the Europa League final, writes Adam Lanigan.
This is one of the ‘two or three places’ up for grabs as Solskjaer struggles with his starting XI, including how to replace captain Harry Maguire, who is almost certain to miss the game in Gdansk with injury. at the ankle.
David De Gea and Dean Henderson have been battling for the No.1 spot at United for the past few months, with the manager still unsure of who will be his first choice for the new season.
Henderson has made no secret of his ambition to become the best dog at Old Trafford since returning from his successful loan spell at Sheffield United, while De Gea has two more years to run on a lucrative contract of around £ 350,000 a week.
Solskjaer tried to perform a delicate balancing act, but the Norwegian knows it can’t last any longer. “I have a team in mind for the final which I think could be the starting XI, but two or three places are not yet decided,” he said.
“This is the instinctive feeling I will have on the last day. It’s been a weird season for goalies. At United most of the time we had a No.1 who played most games.
“We brought Dean back to challenge David and he had a really good season. David went home [to Spain] for the birth of his baby, which gave Dean a longer run in the team and he played well and established himself as a very good goalkeeper. He learned a lot from it.
“But David is David. He played really well too, he got attached and really took up the challenge. I’m really happy with both. It’s difficult to have that kind of rotation, I will certainly have to find a solution for next year.
United have finished second in the Premier League, but Solskjaer knows there is work to be done to close the gap and push Manchester City harder for the title. It won’t be easy, especially if City beat them to the signing of Harry Kane, which makes for a big summer ahead for United.
“The fear of standing still is still there,” Solskjaer added. “We know the challenge ahead. The first stages were the easiest to take, the last stage is the most difficult. “
What do our writers say?
Jason Burt says Solskjaer isn’t fooling anyone by downplaying the importance of winning trophies:
Solskjaer, as he so often does, should return to Sir Alex Ferguson. His first piece of silver? It was the FA Cup in 1990. Times were very different then, circumstances were very different but this trophy was the springboard. It was the start they needed. Not just for Ferguson’s survival, but for United’s prosperity.
Sam Dean on Emery, who was laughed at by Arsenal players but loved in Spain:
Having been nominated by Villarreal in July of last year, Emery has worked hard to rebuild his reputation. The Europa League master has found an environment more suited to his methods and is widely regarded as doing a commendable job in Spain.
By Mike McGrath
Edinson Cavani vs. Raul Albiol
They have a combined age of 69, but those veterans could decide where the trophy goes. Cavani has a huge impact in matches, whether starting or off the bench and the timing of his runs will stretch any defense. Albiol, 35, needs to position himself correctly but he is also a goal threat, as he showed against Arsenal.
Bruno Fernandes vs. Daniel Parejo
Fernandes will look to establish himself in the game as United’s creative spark, sliding between midfielder and Villarreal defense before pulling out shots or installing more. Parejo, 32, will fight for space in this midfielder. He’s been a great signing after arriving on a free transfer early in the season.
Victor Lindelof vs. Gerard Moreno
Lindelof has an important role in United’s backline, regardless of Harry Maguire being passed for the final. He will be at the heart of the defense and will look to keep Gerard silent in the Spaniard’s last club game of a free-scoring season. The 29-year-old has crossed the 30-goal mark for club and country.
2021 Europa League final odds
- Man Utd 5/6
- Villarreal 7/2
What is our prediction?
The absence of Maguire is a big blow for United and it means they are more vulnerable defensively. A special eye must be kept on Moreno, who has the quality of punishing any mistakes.
But United’s attacking power is superior to Villarreal and they are expected to cause much more trouble for Emery’s side compared to Arsenal in the previous round.
Cavani and Fernandes have built a strong relationship on the pitch and it won’t be a surprise to see them combine and send United back to victory.
Expected score: Man Utd 3 Villarreal 1