Villareal top United as Europa kings

May 26, 2021

Manchester United have been left stunned after losing the Europa League final to Villarreal following a marathon penalty shootout that saw David de Gea missed the crucial effort.

United struggled to break down Unai Emery’s LaLiga opponents in Gdansk and were reeling come full-time with Villarreal claiming the trophy in the most dramatic fashion.

De Gea was unable to stop any of the penalties he faced with tensions shredded, and then saw his own spot-kick pushed away by Geronimo Rulli.

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Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth (Gaspar 88), Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Moreno 88), Parejo, Capoue (Raba 120+3), Trigueros (Gomez 77), G. Moreno, Bacca (Coquelin 60), Pino (Alcacer 77)

Subs not used: Asenjo, Funes Mori, Estupinan, Pena, Costa, Nino

Goals: G. Moreno 29

Booked: Capoue, Foyth

Manager: Unai Emery

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka (Mata 120+3), Bailly (Tuanzebe 115), Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay (Telles 120+3), Pogba (James 115), Greenwood (Fred 100), Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani

Subs not used: Grant, Henderson, Maguire, Williams, Amad, Matic, Van de Beek

Goals: Cavani 55

Booked: Bailly, Cavani

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer



Starting XI: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros, G. Moreno, Bacca, Pino

Substitutes: Asenjo, Gaspar, Funes Mori, Raba, Estupinan, Alcacer, A. Moreno, Coquelin, Pena, Costa, Gomez, Nino



Starting XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani

Substitutes: Grant, Henderson, Telles, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Williams, Amad, Fred, James, Mata, Matic, Van de Beek


Unai Emery, is no stranger to the Europa League.

In fact, there was a time where he couldn’t stop winning it. Three triumphs at Sevilla, all in a row, back that up.

He also reached the final with Arsenal in 2019, going down 4-1 to Chelsea, and will want to prove his remaining critics in England wrong.

Emery, of course, knocked out his former club in the semi-finals this season and will want to go one better once again.



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