Preview: Villarreal vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups
Two managers with differing resumes of success in continental competition prepare their sides for battle in Gdansk as Villarreal take on Manchester United in Wednesday’s Europa League final.
The Yellow Submarine sent Arsenal packing 2-1 on aggregate in the final four to advance to the showpiece event, while Man United put eight past Roma over two legs as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer searches for his first piece of silverware since assuming office.
Villarreal’s La Liga campaign ended in disappointment with a 2-1 defeat to eventual runners-up Real Madrid on Saturday, whereas United secured victory in the Premier League by the same scoreline over Wolverhampton Wanderers
The stage was set for perennial Europa League winner Unai Emery to get revenge on Arsenal after being given the boot by the North London outfit, and the Europa League master outclassed European novice Mikel Arteta to dump his former side out of the tournament.
Villarreal arguably should have been out of sight in the first leg of their semi-final as first-half goals from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol put them in the driving seat against a toothless Arsenal, but Nicolas Pepe‘s spot kick gave Arsenal hope before Emery once again stepped foot onto the Emirates sidelines.
However, the Yellow Submarine avenged their two previous Champions League exits to Arsenal by holding them to a goalless stalemate in North London – during which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post twice – and Villarreal are now just 90 minutes away from ending their agonising wait for a maiden major honour.
Not even an early injury to scintillating attacker Samuel Chukwueze could dampen the spirits of Villarreal on the night, and as he did time and time again with Sevilla, Emery will endeavour to stamp his authority on Europe’s secondary competition as he seeks a fourth Europa League title since 2014.
It is not just Emery’s personal record on the line this week, as Villarreal’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend – where Yeremy‘s opener was cancelled out by Karim Benzema and Luka Modric – means that a spot in the UEFA Conference League looms unless they can come up trumps in Gdansk and return to the biggest stage of them all in the Champions League.
With an astonishing record of 12 wins and two draws in their 14 Europa League matches so far, Villarreal may be the underdogs going into Wednesday’s final, but Emery just seems to have that secret formula for success on the continental stage and Man United would commit an act of folly if they failed to do their research on the opposing coach.
It was Jose Mourinho‘s Man United side that broke Emery’s hot streak of three successive Europa League wins in the 2016-17 season, where they overcame Ajax in the final, and the Red Devils will now seek to sink the Yellow Submarine and add some silverware to the trophy cabinet for the first time since that triumph four years ago.
Having managed to delay Manchester City’s title coronation for weeks on end, United’s inevitable second-placed finish in the Premier League was confirmed earlier this month as Solskjaer’s side lost their golden touch, although three games in five days in the wake of Old Trafford protests hardly helped their cause.
With more than one eye on the Gdansk final, Solskjaer placed faith in his academy talents against Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season, and it paid off as Anthony Elanga‘s bullet header preceded a coolly dispatched penalty from Juan Mata as they ended the season with a flourish.
The Red Devils had only taken one point from nine on offer before spoiling Nuno Espirito Santo‘s leaving party at Molineux, and their most recent Europa League fixture also ended in defeat to Roma, but the damage had already been done during a domineering first leg at Old Trafford.
Three injuries in the space of 37 minutes for Roma – who managed to take a 2-1 lead into half time at Old Trafford – significantly hampered their chances of producing the goods at the Theatre of Dreams, and Man United hit them for six before an inconsequential 3-2 defeat in the second leg.
The Red Devils have undoubtedly been the favourites to go all the way in the Europa League since their ill-fated Champions League run came to an end, and they could now follow in the footsteps of long-time rivals Chelsea, who in 2013 became the first and only English side to win the Europa League after dropping out of Europe’s elite competition.
Solskjaer had steered his side to five wins from seven knockout matches before their recent defeat at Roma – an impressive feat considering that Real Sociedad and AC Milan are no pushovers – and a quarter-final success over Granada means that United certainly know how to get the better of Spanish sides on the continental stage.
Solskjaer still has his doubters, whose voices will certainly not be silenced if their trophy drought continues this week, but lifting the European trophy aloft should signal to the discontent fans – who continue to make their feelings towards the much-maligned Glazers known – that he is the right man to restore United to their former glories.
The 2013 Norwegian Cup represents Solskjaer’s only honour during his relatively brief managerial career so far, and adding to that modest haul will be no easy feat against Europa League aficionado Emery, who himself will endeavour to steer Villarreal into a new era with their first-ever major trophy 98 years after their inception.
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Liverpool continued from where they stopped last season with a fabulous performance. Mohammed Salah scored hat-trick to open new season campaign.
Liverpool name a familiar line-up for the contest, starting arguably their strongest team.
Alisson starts between the sticks ahead of the usual back four of Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez and Robertson.
Keita gets the nod to start with Henderson and Wijnaldum in the middle of the park. The potent front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino lead the line as ever for the hosts.
Liverpool: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson. Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
SUBS: Fabinho, James Milner, Adrian, Curtis Jones. Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Joel Matip.
Leeds United: Illlan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk, Stuart Dallas; Kalvin Phillips. Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford.
SUBS: Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo, Ezgjan Alioski, Tyler Roberts, Kiko Casilla. Rodrigo Moreno, Jamie Shackleton, Oliver Casey.
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Dean Smith makes 5 adjustments from the draw with Brentford final trip. Watkins is match to start out once more after a knee harm, with Steer, Mings, McGinn and Ramsey additionally being introduced in. Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia are unavailable after worldwide responsibility for Argentina, whereas Younger and El Ghazi begin on the bench.
Chelsea began their season by lifting the UEFA Tremendous Cup and adopted that up with an unbeaten begin to the Premier League, profitable their first two video games earlier than drawing 1-1 with Liverpool simply earlier than the worldwide break. As for Villa, after shedding 3-2 to Watford of their opening match of the season, they’re now unbeaten of their final three in all competitions, with two wins and a draw.
Thomas Tuchel makes six adjustments to the facet that drew with Liverpool earlier than the worldwide break. Saul makes his debut after becoming a member of on mortgage on deadline day, with Hudson-Odoi, Chalobah, Silva, Kovacic and Ziyech additionally coming in. Reece James is suspended, N’Golo Kante is injured and Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Christensen and Mount drop to the bench.
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Manchester United have made an unbeaten begin to their season, choosing up two wins and a draw of their opening three matches to this point. They’re going to be seeking to proceed that run right here immediately, however all eyes will likely be on Cristiano Ronaldo as he makes his return to the membership he left 12 years in the past.
Newcastle have opened the scoring in six of their final eight Premier League conferences with Manchester United, however have gone on to win simply two of these (L4).
Bruce makes 4 adjustments to his workforce after their draw with Southampton earlier than the worldwide break, with Manquillo, Hayden, Clark and Joelinton coming into the facet. Callum Wilson is lacking as a consequence of a thigh pressure, whereas Murphy, Fernandez and Schar begin on the bench.
They face a Newcastle facet which might be but to win a recreation this season in all competitions (D2 L2). Steve Bruce’s workforce did get their first level of the season final trip earlier than the worldwide break although in a 2-2 draw with Southampton.
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