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Manchester United vs Villarreal LIVE: Europa League final latest score, goals and updates tonight


Watch live as Ole Gunnar Solskjær holds press conference ahead of the Europa League

Manchester United face Villarreal in the Europa League final on Thursday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to land his first trophy as the Red Devils’ manager. Solskjaer goes head-to-head with former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who has already won this competition with Sevilla on no fewer than three occasions.

United ended the Premier League second in the table, while Villarreal placed only seventh in La Liga – so winning here is their route not only to silverware, but also to the Champions League. After a host of near-misses and semi-finals in recent years, United will be hoping to finally end a four-year wait for a trophy – the last occasion being when they won the Europa League in 2017. They will have to do it without captain Harry Maguire, however, who is on the bench nursing an injury.

Forward Mason Greenwood says the club must end their trophy “drought” to get back to their ways of old. “We’ve not had any for a few years. To be a part of the team that actually does win a piece of silverware will be a good feeling,” he said. “When you come and you’re in the academy, there’s pictures and photos on the walls of them back in the day winning the Champions League, the Premier Leagues, the FA Cups and that’s what it’s all about, really, for a football club. If you want to be the best football club in the world or in the country you’ve got to bring home the silverware and that’s something United have done over many years.”

Follow our live coverage of Manchester United against Villarreal in the Europa League final live below.

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14 mins: Alfonso Pedraza tries to take on Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the middle of the pitch. He knocks the ball past the Man Utd right-back and looks to have enough pace to beat him to the ball. Eric Bailly spots the danger, comes across and checks Pedraza’s run by knocking him over and giving Villarreal a free kick.

Michael Jones26 May 2021 20:16

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11 mins: Juan Foyth takes the ball away from Rashford but rolls over it as he tries to keep Paul Pogba from regaining possession. He falls over and clatters into Pogba’s standing legs. There’s blood pouring from his bottom lip and he needs to get it checked out by the medical staff.

Michael Jones26 May 2021 20:11

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Chance for Scott McTominay!

9 mins: Marcus Rashford drives the ball into the Villarreal box but can’t find enough space to get a shot away. He gives the ball to Mason Greenwood who knocks it to the front edge of the box where Scott McTominay arrives. He runs onto the ball, shoots first time but pulls his effort wide of the far post.

Michael Jones26 May 2021 20:09

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6 mins: Edinson Cavani looks sharp as he breaks away from his marker in the box and meets a cross from Luke Shaw. Cavani’s first touch takes the ball slightly away from him and Raul Albiol arrives to shepherd it out of play.

Michael Jones26 May 2021 20:07

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3 mins: The crowd are getting fully into the game. There’s a scrappy contest in midfield in which Bruno Fernandes loses the ball but Manchester United win it back quickly as Villarreal are unable to venture further up the pitch than Luke Shaw.

Michael Jones26 May 2021 20:04

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The Europa League final is underway!

Kick off: Manchester United get the game started and immediately send the ball out of play on the left hand side trying to send Marcus Rashford in behind early on.

Michael Jones26 May 2021 20:01

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It’s almost time

Kick off is just a few minutes away. Both teams head out onto the pitch to applause from the fans in the ground. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named an attacking team with Rashford, Greenwood and Pogba all playing. Can Manchester United go out there and dominate this final?

Let’s find out. Kick off is next…

Michael Jones26 May 2021 19:56

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Leading from the front

Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani has scored five goals and provided two assists in only 247 minutes of Europa League action this season, averaging either a goal or an assist every 35 minutes.

He starts tonight for United, will he be the difference?

Michael Jones26 May 2021 19:45

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Shaw targeting winners medal

Luke Shaw missed the last time Manchester United made it to the Europa League final. In 2017 Shaw was injured as the Red Devils defeated Ajax to win the trophy and he’s been speaking about the experience saying:



I was a bit unfortunate last time, I wasn’t there,

“This season, especially now there’s much more confidence and belief in the squad that we’re improving as a team. This is the next step to go out and show that we’re going in the right direction.

“A medal would mean a great deal. When you come to Manchester United you look to win trophies. We’ve missed out on a few trophies in the last few years and I know how disappointed the lads have been.

“I look around and everyone seems very relaxed, enjoying the moment being here in the final. We have not been in one for a while. I think most of the lads are just looking forward to getting out there.”

Michael Jones26 May 2021 19:42



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