Villarreal vs Manchester United
Europa League Final
Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Miejski.
How The Red Devils are near to a European title, after many years of heartbreaks. And by the looks of things, they are the favorites – considering that their counterparts for the day are the seventh-placed team from the La Liga – the Yellow Submarines.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are in great form, and they had already ensured a top-four finish in the English top flight. For the reason, their main players have received adequate rest, and will arrive fresh to this continental final.
They are also determined to secure the trophy at any cost – as there’s high probability that arch-rivals Manchester City might lift the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery, the gaffer of Villarreal, is a name that’s probably written in golden ink in the history of the competition. His run of three straight Europa titles with Sevilla, another Spanish club, is a feat that might not be repeated this century.
He does not have the service of gritty players from Seville, but his experience is unparalleled in the tournament, and the Devils will not take him lightly if they are wise.
Take out Emery, and the Devils have this trophy in the bag. Anyhow, expect a fierce encounter this Wednesday between these two squads.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams last locked horns in the CL, 13 years back. Then, spoils were shared with a goalless draw.
- In fact, these two were pitted against each other four times so far (all in the CL), and every single match-up had ended with a 0-0 scoreline.
- The Yellow Submarines had lost six of the former ten clashes against other English clubs.
- Solskjaer’s men are on a four-game winning run against other Spanish squads.
Villarreal vs Manchester United Prediction
Emery’s men had defeated Arsenal in the semis, with a 2-1 aggregate scorecard. In the meantime, the Devils registered an 8-5 aggregate win against Roma in the semis.
Going on, Solskjaer’s men were unbeaten in 36 of their last 42 overall matches, and they have lost just twice on the road in the past six-month period.
They also have much better as well as far more experienced players. They also are well-rested and relaxed – whereas the same cannot be said about the Yellow Submarines, as they were in a race for a top-six spot till the very end of their league campaign.
And at the end, they had to make do with a seventh-place finish, thus qualifying just for the Conference League.
Furthermore, the Devils have a phenomenal h2h record against other Spanish teams lately, whereas Emery’s men have struggled against EPL rivals.
By the looks of things, expect Manchester United to have the upper hand. Count on them to deliver a continental title for their fans this Wednesday.
However, the Submarines are not here to be spectators for United’s glory. They are here to compete, especially under the tutelage of Emery.
Count on them to deliver an inspiring performance, and to find the back of the net at least once.