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All eyes on Gdansk ahead of EL fina


Published : 25 May 2021 09:36 PM

Manchester United will play their first cup final in three years as they take on Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League showdown in Gdansk on Wednesday. The eyes of the football fanatics around the world will be in Gdansk tonight to see who will be crowned the champions of the second most prestigious European club football tournament.  

Villarreal suffered a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid on the final day of the La Liga season. But their performances in the two legs of the semi-final over Arsenal ought to serve as inspiration to pull off an upset over a well-rested Manchester United side.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have a great opportunity to cap off what has been a season where they have shown marked improvement with a major trophy. The Manchester United camp is well-rested after the manager sent out a largely inexperienced XI to take on Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season, which they won by 2-1.

Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and Juan Foyth are major doubts for the final with hamstring issues. Central midfielder Vicente Iborra, who ruptured his cruciate ligament in December, continues to be sidelined by injury. Harry Maguire's fitness will worry Manchester United as he is still on the road to recovery after suffering an ankle injury. Solskjaer has admitted that he does not have high hopes for his captain's return. If Maguire doesn't pass a late fitness test on Wednesday, United will be vulnerable at the back.

Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are still unavailable due to injuries and will miss out.

If Harry Maguire can't make a return, Manchester United will be weak at the back. Gerard Moreno and co. will try to make the most of their opportunities. However, Manchester United's attacking unit, which comprises Bruno Fernandes, EdinsonCavani, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, can prove to be a handful for any team in Europe.

We expect the Red Devils to secure their first trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday.