Manchester United are playing for their first trophy since 2017 when they face Spanish club Villarreal CF in the 2021 Europa League final in Gdansk, Poland. It would be their eighth European trophy and second Europa League title.
Villarreal, who finished 7th in La Liga, are in their first-ever major European cup final and they’re coached by Unai Emery, who would become the winningest coach in Europa League history with a victory.
Sporting News is tracking the match with live updates and highlights. Follow below for all the big moments and talking points.
Manchester United vs. Villarreal live updates & highlights
2:52 p.m. ET: Everyone’s ready for this one to kick off.
2:19 p.m. ET: A little taste of the atmosphere in Gdansk.
2 p.m. ET: Lineups are out (see full lineups below). No Harry Maguire (bench) for Man United, but it’s an attack-minded starting XI with Mason Greenwood in for Fred. No surprises for Villarreal.
📊Man Utd’s youngest European Final Line-ups
26y 139d v Benfica (1968)
26y 158d v Villarreal (Tonight)
27y 188d v Ajax (2017)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the youngest manager to take charge of Man Utd in a European Final aged 48y 88d pic.twitter.com/cmE3Ml8x4E
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 26, 2021
12:29 p.m. ET: The stage is set in Gdansk.
10:54 a.m. ET: Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson flew with the team to Gdansk. We’ll likely see plenty of SAF on the match broadcast.
Manchester United vs. Villarreal starting lineups
Official starting lineups follow below:
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): #1 David De Gea — #23 Luke Shaw, #2 Victor Lindelof, #3 Eric Bailly, #29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka — #6 Paul Pogba, #39 Scott McTominay — #10 Marcus Rashford, #18 Bruno Fernandes, #11 Mason Greenwood — #7 Edinson Cavani
Available Subs: #26 Dean Henderson, #5 Harry Maguire, #8 Juan Mata, #17 Fred, #19 Amad, #21 Daniel James, #27 Alex Telles, #31 Nemanja Matic, #33 Brandon Williams, #34 Donny van de Beek, #38 Axel Tuanzebe, #56 Anthony Elanga, #74 Shola Shoretire
Unavailable: #4 Phil Jones (knee), #9 Anthony Martial (knee)
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): #13 Geronimo Rulli — #24 Alfonso Pedraza, #4 Pau Torres, #3 Raul Albiol (captain), #8 Juan Foyth — #5 Dani Parejo, #25 Etienne Capoue, #14 Manu Trigueros — #30 Yeremy Pino, #9 Carlos Bacca, #7 Gerard Moreno
Available Subs: #1 Sergio Asenjo (GK), #2 Mario Gaspar, #6 Ramiro Funes Mori, #12 Dani Raba, #15 Pervis Estupinan, #17 Paco Alcacer, #18 Alberto Moreno, #19 Francis Coquelin, #20 Ruben Pena, #21 Jaume Costa, #23 Moi Gomez, #34 Fer Nino
Unavailable: #10 Vicente Iborra (left ACL), #11 Samuel Chukwueze (left quad)
How to watch the Europa League final in USA
- Time: 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT
- TV channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
- Spanish-language TV: UniMas, TUDN Deportes
CBS Sports Network, UniMas and TUDN will carry the 2021 UEFA Europa League final and both networks are available via fuboTV’s 7-day free trial.