Manchester United will look to secure their first trophy since 2017 – and Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer’s first in charge – when they face Villarreal in the Europa League final.
United’s last taste of silverware success came in the same competition under Jose
Mourinho, with a 2-0 win over Ajax sealing their triumph, and current boss Solskjaer
will hope for a similar outcome tonight.
It will not be an easy task, however, with Villarreal and Unai Emery looking to spring
a shock. Emery is a three-time winner of the Europa League, and also reached the final
with Arsenal in 2019.
Villarreal are not at the level of Klopp’s Liverpool, of course, but they certainly carry a
threat. In Spanish international Gerard Moreno, scorer of 29 goals this season, they have
a striker more than capable of seizing on any moments of defensive sloppiness.
“Solskjaer must hope Bailly and Lindelof rise to the challenge.”
Yeremy Pino, the thrilling 18-year-old who scored at Real Madrid on Saturday, starts for
Villarreal. But there’s no Samuel Chukwueze, not even on the bench.