Manchester United are playing for their first trophy since 2017 when they face Spanish club Villarreal CF in the 2021 Europa League final in Gdansk, Poland. It would be their eighth European trophy and second Europa League title.
Villarreal, who finished 7th in La Liga, are in their first-ever major European cup final and they’re coached by Unai Emery, who would become the winningest coach in Europa League history with a victory.
Sporting News is tracking the match with live updates and highlights. Follow below for all the big moments and talking points.
Manchester United vs. Villarreal live updates & highlights
Halftime: Villarreal go into the lockers with a shock lead. Manchester United started strong, but Villarreal stood tall. They picked their moments to push into the attack and won a handful of corner kicks and a set piece which led to the Moreno goal. Expert performance from the Spanish side.
44th min: Sitting on a one-goal lead, Villarreal are content to sit back and absorb the pressure. Man United can’t find a way through.
29th min: GOAL Villarreal! On a beautiful Dani Parejo curling free kick, top scorer Gerard Moreno applies the touch to get it past DeGea. That’s Moreno’s 30th goal of the season.
23rd min: Rabona cross by Carlos Bacca, but Villarreal’s Pau Torres can’t get around to head on frame.
22nd min: Brief reprieve for Villarreal with two straight corners on the other end. And they took PLENTY of time to take each.
20th min: Left back Luke Shaw whips the ball across the six-yard box but no one’s there to give it a touch. Dangerous chance. The Man United fullbacks are high up the field and Villarreal have been pinned in their own end.
16th min: First real attack by Villarreal results in a corner, but Trigueros, unmarked at the far post, can’t put the ball on frame.
13th min: Villarreal back to 11 men on the field after Foyth reenters at right back with his head bandaged up.
9th min: Ugly tumble by Villarreal’s Juan Foyth, who slams his face nto Pogba’s knee. They’ll try to stop the bleeding on the sideline.
7th min: First shot belongs to Man United’s McTominay and it fizzes well wide left. They almost capitalized on a Villarreal giveaway.
1st min: We’re officially underway.
2:52 p.m. ET: Everyone’s ready for this one to kick off.
2:19 p.m. ET: A little taste of the atmosphere in Gdansk.
2 p.m. ET: Lineups are out (see full lineups below). No Harry Maguire (bench) for Man United, but it’s an attack-minded starting XI with Mason Greenwood in for Fred. No surprises for Villarreal.
📊Man Utd’s youngest European Final Line-ups
26y 139d v Benfica (1968)
26y 158d v Villarreal (Tonight)
27y 188d v Ajax (2017)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the youngest manager to take charge of Man Utd in a European Final aged 48y 88d pic.twitter.com/cmE3Ml8x4E
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 26, 2021
12:29 p.m. ET: The stage is set in Gdansk.
10:54 a.m. ET: Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson flew with the team to Gdansk. We’ll likely see plenty of SAF on the match broadcast.
Manchester United vs. Villarreal starting lineups
Official starting lineups follow below:
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): #1 David De Gea — #23 Luke Shaw, #2 Victor Lindelof, #3 Eric Bailly, #29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka — #6 Paul Pogba, #39 Scott McTominay — #10 Marcus Rashford, #18 Bruno Fernandes, #11 Mason Greenwood — #7 Edinson Cavani
Available Subs: #26 Dean Henderson, #5 Harry Maguire, #8 Juan Mata, #17 Fred, #19 Amad, #21 Daniel James, #27 Alex Telles, #31 Nemanja Matic, #33 Brandon Williams, #34 Donny van de Beek, #38 Axel Tuanzebe, #56 Anthony Elanga, #74 Shola Shoretire
Unavailable: #4 Phil Jones (knee), #9 Anthony Martial (knee)
Starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): #13 Geronimo Rulli — #24 Alfonso Pedraza, #4 Pau Torres, #3 Raul Albiol (captain), #8 Juan Foyth — #14 Manu Trigueros, #25 Etienne Capoue, #5 Dani Parejo, #30 Yeremy Pino — #9 Carlos Bacca, #7 Gerard Moreno
Available Subs: #1 Sergio Asenjo (GK), #2 Mario Gaspar, #6 Ramiro Funes Mori, #12 Dani Raba, #15 Pervis Estupinan, #17 Paco Alcacer, #18 Alberto Moreno, #19 Francis Coquelin, #20 Ruben Pena, #21 Jaume Costa, #23 Moi Gomez, #34 Fer Nino
Unavailable: #10 Vicente Iborra (left ACL), #11 Samuel Chukwueze (left quad)
How to watch the Europa League final in USA
- Time: 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT
- TV channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Spanish-language TV: UniMas, TUDN Deportes
CBS Sports Network, UniMas and TUDN will carry the 2021 UEFA Europa League final and both networks are available via fuboTV’s 7-day free trial .
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