It's been a long road, but the UEFA Europa League 2020-2021 final is set with Villarreal and Manchester United about to take on each other today searching for the silverware at stake. The Spanish side will play its first European final in history, while the English giants seek a return to the good old glory days. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this game to be held at the Municipal Stadium in Gdańsk, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and even how to watch it in the US.
The Yellow Submarine have made their way to the grand final after knocking Arsenal out against all odds. Unai Emery has once again led one of his teams to this stage, hoping to record another triumph after failing to do so with the Gunners a couple of years ago. The Spanish boss, however, has succeeded with Sevilla for three straight years in this competition. Will he guide Villarreal to an epic victory over a strong opponent?
The Red Devils, on the other hand, return to the UEL defining game four seasons after their win against Ajax in 2017. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad has left behind big-name clubs on its path towards this round and hopes to finally end the club's four-year drought.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 3 PM (ET)
Location: Municipal Stadium in Gdańsk, Poland
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Time by State in the US
ET: 3 PM
CT: 2 PM
MT: 1 PM
PT: 12 PM
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Storylines and Head-to-Head
Villarreal secured their first appearance in a continental final after eliminating Arsenal. Their 2-1 win at home was enough for them as they held the Gunners to a goalless draw in London. Coach Unai Emery seems an expert in leading Spanish teams to Europa League finals, as he did it three successive times with Sevilla and won all of them. The Yellow Submarine finished 7th in La Liga, booking a ticket in the Conference League, but the upcoming final gives them the chance of sealing a Champions League spot in case they win.
Manchester United, meanwhile, travel to Poland aiming to claim their first piece of silverware in a long time, and the first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure. The Swedish boss was part of the club's golden years in his playing career with Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, and he is now trying to take the Red Devils back to the top. With a UCL berth already secured, his team has the duty of finishing the job and bringing the trophy home.
This will be the fifth meeting between these two sides in European soccer. Curiously, the four times they've faced ended goallessly. Needless to say, though, the next game will be sort of a tie-breaker in this head-to-head.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: UEFA Europa League 2020-21 Top Scorers
Gerard Moreno, who has been prolific not only in this tournament but in La Liga as well, is Villarreal's leading goalscorer in the Europa League alongside Paco Alcácer with six goals each. Manchester United have also two top scorers as both Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani have been on target five times.
How to watch or live stream Villarreal vs Manchester United in the US
The long-awaited UEFA Europa League 2020-21 final between Villarreal and Manchester United to be played at Municipal Stadium in Gdansk, Poland, will be broadcast in the US by CBS Sports Network, TUDN USA, TUDN App, TUDN.com, Univision NOW, UniMás, and Paramount+.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers in the US have already revealed their predictions for this exciting match, and the English giants seem to be favorites. FanDuel has given Manchester United odds of -115, while Villarreal have +350, and a tie would result in a +240 payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.