Manchester United will hope to end their four-year trophy drought, when they take on the Spanish side Villareal in today’s final of the UEFA Europa League in Gdańsk, Poland.
The last time United lifted a trophy was in the 2016/2017 season under the tutelage of Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, who led them to the League Cup and Europa League titles.
Since then, United has gone four years without winning anything and will hope to end the unwanted run when they face Villareal tonight.
The Red Devils have been seen as the favourites to go all the way in the Europa League since their ill-fated Champions League run came to an end.
They could now follow in the footsteps of Chelsea, who in 2013 became the first and only English side to win the Europa League after dropping out of Europe’s elite competition.
Solskjaer had steered his side to five wins from seven knockout matches before their recent defeat at Roma and a quarter-final success over Granada means that United certainly knows how to get the better of the Spanish sides on the continental stage.
The 2013 Norwegian Cup won with Molde was the last time Solskjaer pick up silverware as a manager and adding to that modest haul will be no easy feat against Europa League expert Unai Emery, who himself will endeavour to steer Villarreal into a new era with their first-ever major trophy 98 years after their inception.
Emery is no stranger when it comes to winning the Europa League after landing it three straight years (2014, 2015, 2016) at Sevilla.
The only time he failed to win the trophy was at Arsenal in 2019 when they were hammered 4-1 by Chelsea.
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