Premier League side Manchester United take on La Liga’s Villarreal at Gdansk’s PGE Arena in the Europa League final on Wednesday night. It’s a huge game for both clubs and both managers, who are at opposite ends of the Europa League experience scale.
Where and when: PGE Arena – 26 May, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Villarreal vs. Manchester United: BT Sport
Last time: United were reigning European champions when the teams last met, which was in the Champions League group stages during the 2008-09 campaign. Both matches finished goalless.
Villarreal v Manchester United Predictions and Preview
Manchester United and Villarreal have played each other four times in the Champions League since 2005, with all four of those fixtures finishing goalless. We hope for a more entertaining affair when they lock horns in the Europa League final this week.
Unai Emery is the most successful manager in this competition’s history, winning it three times in a row with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016. The Spanish coach lost in the final of this tournament as Arsenal manager in 2019, a season after securing a domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.
Opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes in search of his first significant piece of silverware as a manager on Wednesday night. The Norwegian was no stranger to lifting trophies as a player, but this would be a major step in the right direction after overcoming his semi-final hoodoo as Man United boss.
United have enjoyed a positive season after finishing second in the Premier League table, with the chance to secure their first piece of silverware since Jose Mourinho triumphed in this competition in 2017. Villarreal, meanwhile, are looking to lift the first major trophy in their history, following a seventh-placed finish in La Liga this term.
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Man United to win and BTTS
Man United to win 3-1
Cavani to score first
The Yellow Submarine ended their campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday, their fifth defeat in their last nine league games. Villarreal are unbeaten in their 14 Europa League fixtures this term though, winning 12. They’ve beaten Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal in the knockouts to reach this week’s showpiece.
United have seen off Real Sociedad, AC Milan, Granada and Roma since joining the competition at the knockout stage, following their elimination in the Champions League group stages. The Red Devils produced a stunning performance to thrash Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their semi-final, and a similar performance here would surely result in the trophy returning to Manchester once again.
The English outfit have had a day less to prepare for this game following the final days of the two clubs’ domestic seasons, a point very much picked up on by Solskjaer. The United boss rang the changes as his team signed off with a 2-1 victory at Wolves, ensuring they finished the Premier League season unbeaten away from home.
United will need their poise in front of a reduced crowd in Gdansk, but Harry Maguire is highly unlikely to be able to provide any in central defence. The Reds’ captain is set to miss out with an ankle injury, with Anthony Martial the only other notable absentee for United.
Villarreal, meanwhile, expect to be without Juan Foyth and Samuel Chukwueze due to injury. The Spanish side are the 4/1 underdogs to win this game inside 90 minutes, with United the 5/6 favourites with William Hill. The draw is 5/2 in these Villarreal vs Manchester United predictions and would lead to extra-time and potentially penalties. United are 4/9 to lift the trophy by any method, while Villarreal are 2/1.
One to watch for Villarreal: Gerard Moreno has enjoyed his best season in front of goal with 29 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions. Six of those have come in the Europa League, with Moreno priced at 7/1 for the first goal on Wednesday.
One to watch for Manchester United: Edinson Cavani has been in superb form recently, netting nine goals in his last 10 games. The Uruguayan has scored five times in his last three Europa League matches and is 5/1 for the opener in the final.
Long shot: Another 0-0 draw between these clubs is priced at 19/2, but we’re backing a more exciting encounter as part of our Villarreal vs Manchester United tips for Wednesday. A 3-1 victory for Man United is priced at 15/1, rising to 89/1 if you add Cavani as the first scorer.