UEFA Europa League Final: Manchester United VS. Villarreal
Author: Marco Fontana
Manchester United will face Villarreal in this season’s EUFA Europa League final in Gdansk on May 26th. El Submarino Amarillo breezed past a hapless Arsenal 2-1 aggregate win to see Unai Emery completing his fifth Europa league final having previously won the tournament three times with Sevilla.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed to reach his first final as the manager of the Old Trafford club after defeating AS Roma in a thrilling two-legged affair, with Manchester United winning by 8-5 on aggregate.
The final will see the Premier League and the La Liga clubs meeting for a fifth time in their history. Unai Emery, a Europa League winner for three times, and a runner-up with Arsenal a few seasons back took charge of Villarreal to the final and to say the least, he has done an amazing job with Villarreal. Emery’s three titles are enough for a share of all-time record with Trapattoni, and you can’t bet against Unai Emery going it alone.
On the other hand, the semi-final loss of last season did hurt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players a lot. Manchester United did pay a heavy price due to their profligacy and this time around, they are determined not to repeat the same mistakes again, as shown by their ruthless initial leg display against AS Roma.
AS Roma’s attack seems lethal, especially with the nourishing strike partnership of Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno. Villarreal have also relied on the services of Raul Albiol who’s been utterly magnificent this season and Pau Torres, an exceptional left-footed defender. Villarreal can adopt based on opportunities and circumstances. This season, they’ve alternated between 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, depending on the opponent or the situation.
Solsklaer on the other hand normally sets his team in a 4-2-3-1 type of formation though he’s been known to deploy a 3-4-1-2 system, and he has experimented on the 4-4-2 diamond too. Bruno Fernandes remains to be the key player for United with 27 goals and 17 assists in his 55 appearances this term. Bruno Fernandes’s leadership qualities are so much important to Manchester United.
Even though both teams are hoping for a win, Manchester United are unanimously backed to triumph over Villarreal in the upcoming Europa League final. While the performance of the Yellow Submarines did attract some plaudits, many believe that Manchester United will triumph over Villarreal.
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