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Villarreal vs Manchester United: Europa League Final

Wed 26 May 2021 | 10:30

The ultimate showdown is finally here. Two of the best teams in Europe will be locking horns tonight and we are definitely going to witness an extraordinary European match. Here is everything you need to know about the 2021 UEFA Europa League final.

Villarreal vs Manchester United: Europa League final

, this is what we have all been waiting for alongside the Champions League final between

Chelsea

and

Manchester City

. Both finals will take place in a matter of days as the Red Devils face the Yellow Submarines tonight and the Blues of London face the Blues of Manchester on Saturday.

With quite a dramatic season having come to an end in most leagues, which saw the underdogs outperform the usual expected winners to get their hands on the league title, both sides will be more than confident that they possess the necessary strength and mentality and that they can bring home the trophy this season. Surely you all have many questions about the

2021 UEFA Europa League final

and how the teams will be lining up against each other.

Well, you have come to the right place as we are about to provide you with all the necessary information and details about final showdown and UEFA Europa League Live Streaming. So follow us below as we take a look at how each of the teams have prepared for this historic battle of the giants.

Europa League final 2021, Man Utd vs Villarreal

We already know that the final of the competition will be held between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery’s men tonight at 21:00 CET, but are the teams ready for one last game to win the most important trophy of their 2020-21 season? Let’s take a look at each team and see how their past few days have been and how they have prepared for Villarreal vs Manchester United: Europa League final.

Villarreal’s road to final

One side of the “

Villarreal vs Manchester United: Europa League final

” coin are the Spanish club

Villarreal

, who have improved their gameplay in every aspect since Unai Emery took charge in July 2020. This is going to be Emery’s fifth final in eight years, which he has spent managing three different clubs. Arsenal fans are surely missing their former manager as he is about to witness another final from up close, while Mikel Arteta’s men struggle to find a spot in the next season’s Europa League.

The main question here is, how did the Spaniard manage reach the Europa League final with Villarreal? Whom did he have to best to reach the final showdown? It all started from the competition’s group stages, where the Spanish club were drawn against Qarabaq,

Maccabi Tel-Aviv

 and Sivasspor. They managed to qualify for the Round of 32 with five wins and a draw as it was expected of them to ease through to the next round without any trouble.

Villarreal faced

RB Salzburg

in the Round of 32 and they managed to get a crucial early lead with a 2-0 away win in the first leg. They later managed to repeat their success at home by scoring yet another two goals against the Austrian side, while conceding one goal in total. Having qualified for the Round of 16 without any complications, Unai Emery’s men went on to face Dynamo Kyiv, whom they also bested with ease and strolled past the Ukrainian side with two solid 2-0 wins and a 4-0 aggregate.

It might seem that Villarreal were given the easy hand throughout the competition, but let us not forget that each and every team in the final rounds of the Europa League are capable of causing trouble and should not be underestimated. This facts makes Villarreal’s perfect record even better, considering how they managed to stroll past every opponent to make the

Europa League final 2021, Man Utd vs Villarreal

match a reality. They managed to overcome the obstacle of

Dinamo Zagreb

with a 1-0 and a 2-1 win.

Then came Unai Emery’s chance for redemption as he was about to face his former team in the semifinals. It was quite a tense match as both teams were facing a tough opponent. The intensity was more than doubled as both sides gave us a rough game with each receiving a red card. In the end, however, it was Emery and his new club who emerged victorious with a 2-1 home win and a crucial clean sheet in the return leg.

Interestingly, Villarreal seem to perform much better in away games as they have only conceded at home so far. If that is really the case, then Manchester United should make sure not to slip up as the Spanish giants know how to defend a lead outside their home stadium. Having lost the final game of La Liga against

Real Madrid

, Villarreal will surely be motivated to bounce back from the defeat and win the trophy for the first time in their history.

If you are interested in

UEFA Europa League Live Streaming

, you can catch the game legally via services such as TUDN, Paramount+, beIN Sports Connect,CBS Sports Network, DAZN and Blue Sport.

Manchester United’s road to final

On the other side of the “

Villarreal vs Manchester United: Europa League final

” stands

Manchester United

, who have found a new identity since Bruno Fernandes’ arrival last season. Unlike Villarreal, who started their journey towards the final itself from the group stages of the competition, Manchester United actually started their season in the Champions League group stages, where they went on to face the likes of Istanbul Basaksehir, RB Leipzig and

Paris Saint-Germain

.

The Red Devils came off to a phenomenal start in the Champions League as they won all three of their first three games in the group stages, clutching a 2-1 victory against PSG and later crushing Leipzig with a humiliating 5-0 win, while also running a 4-1 rout over Basaksehir. Few could have anticipated what was coming next as to many fans’ disbelief, Solskjaer’s men blew it in the return legs as they lost all three of the remaining games, while RB Leipzig managed to qualify for the next round alongside Paris Saint-Germain with 4 wins and 2 defeats.

With United’s unfortunate downfall in the UCL, they still had a chance of winning European silverware as they found their way into the Europa League Round of 32, where they face Real Sociedad. They managed to go through to the next round with an early 4-0 win away from home and a 0-0 draw in the return leg.

While they might have strolled past Sociedad in the Round of 32, they had to go through

AC Milan

in the Round of 16, which was particularly tough due to the Italian side being on top of their form both in Serie A and the Europa League. Solskjaer’s man finally managed to clutch a 2-1 victory on aggregate and go through to the next round, which was way easier for the Red Devils than the Round of 16.

United eased past Spain’s Granada with two 2-0 triumphs and humiliated AS Roma in the semifinals with an unbelievable 6-2 at home and a 3-2 defeat in the return leg, reaching the “Villarreal vs Manchester United: Europa League final” match with an 8-5 aggregate. This game with be the fifth time the two teams face each other. Surprisingly, all four of the previous meetings have ended in a nil-nil draw and we as neutrals hope that the cycle would end tonight with both teams getting to score brilliant goals.

With Villarreal set to experience their first ever major European final, they might have quite the butterflies, but will surely be highly motivated as well as Spanish teams have an impressive record of winning the last nine European competitions whenever they have faced English clubs.

Whose side are you on? Will Villarreal be able to make history with Unai Emery? Will Solskjaer finally prove that he is indeed at the wheel? All will be decided tonight as both teams are locked and loaded for one of the most intense finals in the world. We too hope to see a thriller of a game worthy of talking about for years.

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