Villarreal defeated Manchester United on penalties in the Europa League when their clash ended with a tie 1-1. It is the club’s first major title in their history, although they are under the reign of Unai Emery, who has led the club to victory four times now.
The Red Devils, however, have not yet grabbed a title with
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
were aiming to win the Europa League all season. They appointed Emery last season notwithstanding him finishing the season sitting fifth on the La Liga table, with the idea of using his winning know-how to help the club seal a major title. Although they have come close in Europa, the Yellow Submarine never won, having been defeated by Arsenal in the Semi-final of the 2005-06’s Champions League.
Villarreal scored the opener on the night, courtesy of Gerard Moreno’s strike. Edinson Cavani met the back of the net and helped United level the game. Villareal beat United 11-10 on penalties.
I think the players have shown a good mentality throughout the competition and in the final,”
Emery said post-match in comments carried byMarca
“We’ve known how to compete, suffer, score, and we finished stronger than them. Penalties aren’t a lottery; you have to have a strong head to shoot in that situation of maximum pressure and the players have been fabulous.”