As it happened: Awful United penalised in shoot-out
GDANSK, POLAND - MAY 25: A general view outside the stadium prior to the Manchester United Training Session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at Gdansk Arena on May 25, 2021 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Chris Ricco - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)


22:57a month ago

FT: Villarreal win the Europa League

Manchester United were awful. Absolutely awful. They fall on penalties to Villarreal; United's luck ran out eventually in the shoot-out. 

Villarreal deserve the victory - but United should have never been in the position to lose in the first place.

Questions need to be asked on United this evening.

22:54a month ago

MUN - De Gea (11-10)

De Gea - saved.
22:54a month ago

VIL - Rulli (11-10)

Rulli - scores.
22:53a month ago

MUN - Lindelof (10-10)

Lindelof - scores.

We're down to the goalkeepers.

22:52a month ago

VIL - Torres (10-9)

Pau Torres - scores.
22:52a month ago

MUN - Tuanzebe (9-9)

Tuanzebe - scores.
22:51a month ago

VIL - Gaspar (9-8)

Gaspar - scores.
22:50a month ago

MUN - Shaw (8-8)

Shaw - scores.
22:50a month ago

VIL - Coquelin (8-7)

Coquelin - scores.
22:49a month ago

MUN - James (7-7)

James - scores
22:48a month ago

VIL - Albiol (7-6)

Albiol - scores
22:47a month ago

MUN - Fred (6-6)

Fred - scores.
22:47a month ago

VIL - Gomez (6-5)

Gomez - scores.
22:46a month ago

MUN - Cavani (5-5)

Cavani - scores.
22:45a month ago

VIL - Parejo (5-4)

Parejo - scores.
22:45a month ago

MUN - Rashford (4-4)

Rashford - goal.
22:44a month ago

VIL - Moreno (4-3)

Moreno - scores.
22:43a month ago

MUN - Fernandes (3-3)

Fernandes - goal. Rulli got a hand to it.
22:43a month ago

VIL - Alcacer (3-2)

Alcacer - goal. De Gea gets a hand to it.
22:42a month ago

MUN - Telles (2-2)

Telles - goal.
22:41a month ago

VIL - Dani Raba (2-1)

Raba - goal.
22:40a month ago

MUN - Mata (1-1)

Mata - goal.
22:40a month ago

VIL - Moreno (1-0)

Moreno - goal.
22:34a month ago

FTET: Penalties.

It's penalties in Gdansk.
22:30a month ago

120' Three minutes of extras

Three minutes added on, as penalties loom.
22:27a month ago

116' Substitutions have been made - but they're odd

Pogba off. Greenwood off. Bailly off. Tuanzebe, James and Fred on. That's two penalty takers off and James and Fred on.

Very odd substitutions from perhaps the greatest substitute in Premier League history.

22:20a month ago

108' Rashford should be winning that

Rashford looks to be injured - it could be the end of his night. 

He should have made more of a fight a minute ago for a loose ball in the box - United are struggling here.

22:15a month ago

106' Back underway

Extra-time is back underway.
22:14a month ago

HTET: Villarreal 1-1 Manchester United

Fifteen minutes to go.

United are fatigued and abject. It's time to get serious about winning this match.

22:07a month ago

100' Substitution for United

Fred for Greenwood. Greenwood?

Rashford continues to play, switching to the right with Pogba on the left. 

22:07a month ago

98' How has there not been a change?

Still nothing from Solskjaer in terms of changes, as United continue to grow fatigued. 

United are backed into a corner and do not look like finding their way out of it.

21:56a month ago

ET: We're underway in extra-time

Big half-an-hour ahead now.

No changes as of yet for Solskjaer.

21:52a month ago

FT: Villarreal 1-1 Manchester United

Extra-time it is. Half an hour more looms, and United need some fresh legs if they are going to succeed this evening.
21:48a month ago

89' Great move from United - Pogba should be scoring

It's a free header for Pogba in the box, and he should be getting it at least on target - but it's over the bar. United are leaving it late if they're going to score again in regular time.
21:45a month ago

85' Into the final five

United need a goal now. Into the final five, and Solskjaer has retained his original eleven. Time for some fresh legs.
21:38a month ago

78' McTominay to take the game by the scruff of the neck?

McTominay is a United lad through and through, and he isn't prepared to let this side falter at the last hurdle again. He's really determined tonight, and having a superb game.

The rest of the side, however, are struggling to gel.

21:29a month ago

69' Rashford misses a sitter

It's not Rashford's night at all. He might have been offside, but the forward doesn't convert a simple tap-in from Fernandes' cross. Time for a change?
21:25a month ago

65' Urgency resumed from United

United have resumed their pace after the goal, with Villarreal advancing higher up the pitch. United still look like a ten-man team, however: it's Marcus Rashford struggling to get into the game.
21:15a month ago


Check over. Cavani scores. United are back in business.
21:14a month ago


From the corner, Edinson Cavani latches onto a mis-placed clearance from Marcus Rashford's original effort. VAR is having a look and Cavani could well be offside, but European competitions usually give the benefit of the doubt to the attacker...
21:13a month ago

54' Good move from United

It's a good move from the Reds from a free-kick - Shaw's effort finds McTominay in the box, whose effort is deflected over the bar.
21:10a month ago

50' More of the same from United

It continues to be frustrating from United, as they are playing the occasion rather than the match. Basics are being done poorly; it's a disjointed effort so far tonight.


21:04a month ago

46' Back underway

Villarreal kick us back off and we're underway.

It's a huge forty-five minutes that loom for Manchester United. 

Time for yet another United comeback?

20:48a month ago

HT: Villarreal 1-0 Manchester United

A big fifteen minutes loom. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows how it feels to trail at half-time in a European final, but the players look abject and disjointed tonight. There must be a huge reaction in the second forty-five this evening.
20:46a month ago

45' Two minutes of extras here

Two minutes of added time. Marcus Rashford almost found some space in behind the defence, but made the wrong decision in the final third.

Mason Greenwood almost forces an own goal after driving down the right. Good save from Rulli.

20:37a month ago

35' A result of poor team selection?

You wonder whether United's abject start has been a consequence of some poor selection at the top: Marcus Rashford has looked frustrating on the left, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay don't look in unison in midfield and Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof look erratic and reckless at the back.

If United go on to lose this evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have some questions to answer regarding his choices.

20:30a month ago


It's a set-piece - again. Villarreal find the net as Gerard Moreno gets away from Lindelof and nicks home the opening goal.

It's a good goal for the Spanish side, but it's a poor effort defending a set-piece.

20:27a month ago

27' Pino drags a shot wide

Pino finds the ball on the break after a mis-placed pass from Pogba, advancing forward well but eventually dragging the shot wide in the face of good defending from Victor Lindelof.
20:24a month ago

24' Good move for United, unlucky not to score

Wow - what a ball from Greenwood! He fizzes it into the area in the direction of Cavani, but the striker struggles to get a shot away with defenders surrounding both him and Rashford.

United are quite unlucky not to have scored, but Villarreal have defended well.

20:21a month ago

20' CHANCE! United almost take the lead.

It's a cracking ball from Luke Shaw; a driven, quick ball low into the box. It beats most of the Villarreal defence but goes agonisingly wide, with the ball begging to be nudged by just one United leg.

Could United come to rue missing such a chance soon?

20:20a month ago

19' United looking dangerous

It's been a bit scrappy over the last ten minutes or so; Juan Foyth is suffering from nosebleed and it's been quite stop-start since the incident occured.

Fernandes could have found Mason Greenwood in the box, but the Villarreal defence did well to cut it out. The Red Devils look the more likely to score so far. 

20:08a month ago

7' McTominay hits wide

It's a good move from United, but instead of a top-quality finisher like Greenwood, it's Scott McTominay who drags a shot wide from just inside the 18-yard box.

Not a bad thing, as McTominay can hit it from range, but his effort was forced.

20:06a month ago

5' Cagey opening five minutes

It's not been the end-to-end first five here in Gdansk, with both sides enjoying a couple of minutes of possession.

Some early jitters to iron out, as expected, but United look quite energetic, as Edinson Cavani is almost played in inside the box.

20:00a month ago

1' Kick-off!

Bruno Fernandes kicks us off and we are underway in Gdansk!
19:57a month ago

The teams are out...

The two sides are out in Gdansk - could Villarreal upset the odds and take down Manchester United? Or could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secure his first trophy in his Old Trafford career.
19:54a month ago

Kick-off is imminent...

With kick-off less than ten minutes away, nerves are palpable both in Gdansk and at home. 

Is it time for Manchester United's first trophy in four years? Or will Unai Emery defy the British media and secure his fourth Europa League title?

19:32a month ago

On this day in United history...

26 May 1909 - Sir Matt Busby is born

26 May 1999 - Manchester United defeat Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final

26 May 2021 - Manchester United take on Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League final...

18:53a month ago

Villarreal: Confirmed starting XI

Rulli, Albiol, Torres, Parejo, Gerard, Foyth, Bacca, Trigueros, Pedraza, Capoue, Yeremy
18:49a month ago

Manchester United: Reaction from the team

It's a bold shout from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to omit Fred, despite his partnership with Scott McTominay being a staple of this season's midfield. 

No Axel Tuanzebe in the centre of defence, which means Solskjaer will be putting his faith in Eric Bailly.

But, a fast, fluid attack - an impressive amount of firepower.

18:47a month ago

Manchester United: Confirmed starting XI

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
08:51a month ago

Solskjaer: "We've worked to change the mentality"

In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pre-match meeting with the media, he agreed with forward Marcus Rashford in that a mentality has been changed at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils coming through adversity to succeed:

"That's what we – the staff, players and me – have been working on. We are open and honest enough with each other to see when we’re doing well and what we're doing not so well. Once in a while, the hairdryer comes out. But most of the time I'm quite calm and composed.

"Sometimes it’s up to us to say: "Come on, lads – just believe in yourselves and believe in what we want you to do, because that’s given us results." Half-time at Roma, that was a big moment for us, but I felt very confident in the players."

08:46a month ago

Parejo: "We'll win as a team"

Facing the media ahead of kick-off, Villarreal midfielder Dani Parejo discussed how his side would fare as underdogs against Manchester United:

"Now we are up against the side who, I think, have been title favourites since they switched from the Champions League. Manchester United are a great team, especially in attack.

"They’ve got top players – Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba. But we’ll set ourselves up as we would for any other game, playing as we have until now: as a team."

08:41a month ago

How to watch Villarreal vs Manchester United Live TV and Stream

If you want to watch the game on TV, your options are BT Sport 1.

If you want to directly stream it, you can do so on the BT Sport App for BT customers. The Europa League final has also usually been screened on BT Sport's official YouTube channel in years past, but there seems to be no plans to do the same this season.

If you want to watch it on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option!

08:36a month ago

Manchester United: Predicted line-up

(4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
08:31a month ago

Villarreal: Predicted line-up

(4-4-2): Rulli; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Trigueros, Parejo, Capoue, Gomez; Bacca, Moreno
08:26a month ago

Manchester United: Team News

Harry Maguire looks increasingly likely to miss out, with hopes of an early recovery from his ankle injury almost extinguished. Axel Tuanzebe looks to be the man to partner Victor Lindelof after an impressive few games, despite Eric Bailly being an alumnus of Villarreal.

David de Gea looks likely to start over Dean Henderson in goal, while it should not be surprising if Mason Greenwood gets the nod on the right-wing over Marcus Rashford.

08:21a month ago

Villarreal: Team News

Samuel Chukwueze is likely to miss out over a hamstring issue, in what will be a big blow for the Spanish outfit. Tottenham-loanee Juan Foyth is also in doubt.

Gerard Moreno is a near-certain starter up front, with the only question being whether his partner will be Paco Alcacer or Carlos Bacca.

08:16a month ago

Time for silverware at Old Trafford?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can claim that he's made progress at Old Trafford - but the proof will be in the pudding as his Manchester United challenge for their first trophy under the Norwegian manager.

On the twenty-second anniversary of United's historic Champions League victory in Barcelona, completing the treble, Solskjaer has a chance to win his first piece of silverware as manager of the Reds. 

However, the difficult end to the club's season should be worrying for the management staff, and a suitable game-plan must be adopted if the Red Devils are to succeed in tonight's final.

08:11a month ago

A fourth title for Emery?

Villarreal manager Unai Emery is no stranger to the UEFA Europa League, completing a 'three-peat' of the competition while managing Sevilla. Success in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 saw Emery earn the PSG job before moving to Arsenal. 

While similar success was unable to be achieved with those sides, another Europa League title could kick the ball rolling for Villarreal to challenge towards the top of La Liga next term. 

However, it must be noted that despite the numerous successes in this competition, he did finish as a runner-up in 2018-19 while managing the Gunners, after a 4-1 final thumping by Chelsea.

08:06a month ago

How the land lies...

This is the final match of the 2020-21 campaign for both sides. Villarreal arrive after a seventh-placed finish in La Liga and qualification into the newly-established UEFA Conference League. A win tonight would secure automatic qualification into next season's UEFA Champions League. 

Manchester United, on the other hand, finished second in the Premier League but will be reeling after the ease at which rivals Manchester City were able to win the division title. A trophy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side would show the progression over the last two seasons and give them some momentum for the next few years.

08:01a month ago

Kick-off time

Villarreal vs Manchester United will be played at the Gdansk Stadium, in Gdansk, Poland. The kick-off is scheduled at 20:00 BST.
07:56a month ago

Welcome to this evening's coverage of Europa League final live

Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of the 2021 UEFA Europa League Final: Villarreal vs Manchester United live!

My name is Ryan Batty and I'll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates and news as it happens live here on