We now know the final of the Europa League. Three days before the Champions League final, Villarreal will take on Man Utd.
It will be United’s second final in the Europa League after the 2017 edition and Villarreal’s first.
Villarreal prevented another all-English final, so there was no repeat of the 2018/19 season, when both the Champions League and Europa League final featured only English sides.
Villarreal’s Way to the Finals
Villarreal managed to make a European final for the first time in their history. They did that after they had eliminated Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Villarreal’s adventure began in the Europa League group stage, where they scored five wins and a draw. The draw was against Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Yellow Submarine went through the top of the group.
Despite being the first, Villarreal faced a team that had dropped out of the Champions League in the last 32 weeks. They beat Red Bull Salzburg in both legs.
They then defeated Dynamo Kyiv in the last 16, Dinamo Zagreb in the quarter-finals and then Arsenal in the semi-finals. It is a huge success for Villarreal.
Man Utd’s way to the final
Man Utd emphatically qualified for the final in Gdansk. Solskjaer’s men defeated Roma in the semifinals.
United entered the Europa League in the final 32 stage after finishing third in their Champions League group behind PSG and Leipzig.
In the last 32, they eliminated Real Sociedad after a comfortable victory in the first leg. They then had to work hard to win at the San Siro and knock out AC Milan in the last 16.
In the quarterfinals, Granada was completely eliminated 4-0 and eventually defeated Roma. Despite a 3-2 loss in Italy, a thumping 6-2 victory in the first leg was enough for a final place.
Villarreal will take on Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League final in Gdańsk on May 26 at 9 p.m. CET. This page will be updated with team news, quotes and expert analysis as kick-off approaches.
Villarreal: Rulli; Mario, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Coquelin, Trigueros; Moreno, Alcácer, Chuckweze
Man Utd: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelöf/Maguire, Shaw; Van de Beek, Fred; Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
Latest: Villarreal 2-4 Celta Vigo, 09/05
To come: Valladolid (a, 13/05), Sevilla (h, 16/05), Real Madrid (a, 23/05)
Where they stand: 7th in Liga
Latest: Man. United 1-2 Leicester, 11/05
To come: Liverpool (h, 13/05), Fulham (h, 18/05), Wolves (a, 23/05)
Where they stand: 2nd in Premier League
Route to the final
Qualified: 5th in Liga
Group I winners
Round of 32: 4-1 Salzburg
Round of 16: 4-0 Dynamo Kyiv
Quarter-finals: 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Semi-finals: 2-1 Arsenal
Qualified: Transferred from UEFA Champions League
Round of 32: 4-0 Real Sociedad
Round of 16: 2-1 AC Milan
Quarter-finals: 4-0 Granada
Semi-finals: 8-5 Roma