Kick-off: 2000, 26/05/2021
Stadium: Gdansk Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United have the star quality to overcome Villarreal’s spirited resilience in this season’s Europa League final in Gdansk.
The Red Devils lifted this trophy in 2017 and had enough chances to see off Sevilla when missing out in the semis last term, so we know they have the class to challenge at this level.
Their opponents are hard working but a level below in our book, so 4/5 for the favourites to oblige in normal time is the first Villarreal vs Man Utd prediction.
Both teams have impressed in Europe this term, but United’s runner-up finish in the Premier League was far more noteworthy than Villarreal claiming seventh spot in La Liga.
A Look At Villarreal’s Betting Odds
These countries have dominated this competition over the past decade, with Spain holding a 6-3 advantage over England in the last nine renewals.
Villarreal will hope Unai Emery can add to the three victories he masterminded with Sevilla, while the manager also led Arsenal to the 2019 decider.
The Yellow Submarine only dropped two points during the group stage and have impressed throughout the knockout rounds, rattling off seven wins and a draw.
RB Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv and Dinamo Zagreb were brushed aside before Emery gained revenge on the Gunners for axing him in the semis.
A 2-1 first-leg win at El Madrigal was followed by a goalless stalemate in London and Villarreal deserve this crack at silverware.
“I am satisfied and proud,” said Emery. “Satisfied with the job we have done and proud of the project we have here at Villarreal.
“The president had been here for over 20 years, they have been in the Champions League semi-finals, three Europa League semi-finals, but lacking that final step.
“I think we are going to be up against the favourites in Manchester United and they have shown their potential throughout the campaign in this competition.
“However, we have knocked out one of the teams that was one of the favourites, we are aware of how difficult it is going to be but we are proud to prepare and compete in that kind of game.”
Older fans of these teams will remember they met four times in Champions League group-stage games between 2005 and 2008, with not a goal scored in any of those games!
Looking at the Villarreal vs Man Utd odds, we do like 17/10 for the score to be 0-0 at half-time here.
Last Villarreal UEL line-up: Rulli, Mario, Albiol, Torres, Parejo, Chukwueze, Trigueros, Coquelin, Alfonso, Moreno, Alcacer.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United’s failure to make the Champions League knockout stages always looked like it might prove a blessing in disguise.
In this competition, they have already seen off two Spanish teams in convincing fashion, beating Real Sociedad and Granada 4-0 on aggregate.
AC Milan gave the Red Devils a tough test in between those ties but Roma were blitzed 6-2 at Old Trafford in the first leg of their semi-final.
There were a few hairy moments in a subsequent 3-2 loss in Italy, where David De Gea was forced to make some important saves, but United can be forgiven for that lapse in concentration.
Harry Maguire’s injury problems are frustrating, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still fancied to secure the first silverware of his reign.
The Norwegian said: “You always feel pressure at Man United to win things, win trophies. That’s one of the steps.
“I think the improvement in the league, that we’ve been in loads of semi-finals, I think it shows progress.
“But the next step for this team is to win trophies and then hopefully challenge to be the champion in the Premier League as well.
“When you win things, you just want to win more, you want to feel that sensation again of lifting trophies.
“I know my players will believe they can win it and that we can move on to better things, but when you get that taste of the first one, that’s a big step in the right direction.”
United will be wary of Villarreal strike duo Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno, who have both netted six times in this competition, with the latter also providing five assists.
However, they have Edinson Cavani in great form up front after he bagged four goals in the two encounters with Roma and the Uruguay ace is 7/2 to break the deadlock here.
Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford give the Red Devils an edge in class, so 18/5 for Draw HT/Man Utd FT is added to our Villarreal vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd UEL line-up: De Gea, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Cavani, Greenwood.
Last Europa League result:
Arsenal 0-0 VILLARREAL
Roma 3-2 MAN UTD – Edinson Cavani (2)
Head-to-head: Villarreal 0-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-0 Villarreal, Man Utd 0-0 Villarreal, Villarreal 0-0 Man Utd
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