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Villarreal vs Man Utd: Predictions
Manchester United have the chance to cap their much improved 2020/21 season off in style with Europa League victory against Villarreal in Gdansk. The Red Devils last got their hands on the trophy in 2017 under Jose Mourinho with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still searching for his first piece of silverware.
Villarreal are expected to provide United a serious challenge with the Europa League specialist Unai Emery at the helm. The Spaniard has got his hands on the Europa League trophy on three occasions with Sevilla. Silverware is not the only incentive for Emery with his side finishing outside of the top six in La Liga, it would offer them a route to play European football next season.
Whilst their city rivals face off with Chelsea in the Champions League final, United have the chance to cap off what has certainly been an improved campaign. A second-place finish in the Premier League is probably the best they could have hoped for going into the 2020/21 campaign and Wednesday would definitely put the cherry on the top of the cake for Solskjaer.
The fitness of Harry Maguire is still unknown but with the English centre-back still not training it appears he will not make the cut on Wednesday. The defender will be a big miss in what has historically been an incredibly tight fixture.
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Villarreal vs Man Utd: Match Stats
The previous four meetings between these two sides has not produced a single goal. Not one. Cup finals are notoriously tight affairs anyway and we do not expect Wednesday’s clash to be any different. United have been rampant in the Europa League as of late but with Maguire set to miss the game will they be more reserved offensively.
In United’s eight Europa League games since dropping out of the Champions League, the Red Devils have scored first on seven occasions. The only game when they have failed to score first was in a 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad following their 4-0 win in the first leg away from home.
25 November 2008 – Villarreal 0-0 Man Utd – Champions League
17 September 2008 – Man Utd 0-0 Villarreal – Champions League
22 November 2005 – Man Utd 0-0 Villarreal – Champions League
14 September 2005 – Villarreal 0-0 Man Utd – Champions League
Meetings between these two sides have been far from classics and given the tight nature cup finals often produce we do not expect Wednesday’s clash to go against the grain of recent meetings between the sides.