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The first final in the European club competitions takes place on Wednesday where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to bag his first trophy as manager of Manchester United.

United take on a Villarreal side under the stewardship of three time Europa League winner – Unai Emery.

The former Arsenal manager will contest his fifth Europa League final after a 2-1 aggregate victory in the semi-finals over his former North London employers.

Manchester United have endured four successive semi-final defeats in the Europa League but are flying high after their runner up finish in the EPL.

Villareal have 12 wins and two draws in their 14 Europa League matches to date, and while they may be the underdogs going into the final, it’s hard to write off a team with an unbeaten record and a manager with Emery’s pedigree in the competition.

What time does Villarreal vs Man United start?

The game kicks off at 9pm South African time at The Stadion Miejski w Gdańsku.

Villarreal vs Man United team news

Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth and winger Samuel Chukwueze could both return in time for their first major European final appearance.

Chukwueze is a major doubt for the final, but Emery has refused to rule out his attacker for the clash.

Etienne Capoue could return after serving his suspension while Vicente Iborra will not be available.

Harry Maguire’s ankle ligament injury makes the United captain a major doubt after missing the last four of the Red Devil’s matches, but he was included in the 26-man squad.

Aaron Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw should return to their regular roles in defense after being rested for the final game of the Premier League against Wolves.

Having rotated his squad for the last league game, Solskjaer will return Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood to his starting XI.

Villarreal vs Man United head to head

Incredibly all four matches between these two sides has ended in 0-0 draws. Will you back history and bet on a fifth consecutive stalemate?

Villarreal vs Man United current form

There is nothing to choose from between these two sides in terms of form, with both sides having won twice, lost twice and drawn another in their recent run of five matches.

Villarreal vs Man United prediction

This could really be a tight and cagey encounter between two of the form sides in the domestic competition. While it would be foolish to rule out Emery’s side based on his proud history in the competition, United’s superior domestic form could just give them the edge in the final.

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