Europa Trophy

Villarreal will face Manchester United in this season’s UEFA Europa League final on 26th May at the Gdansk Stadium in Poland.

Manchester United reached their first final of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era but lost their seven-match unbeaten record in an entertaining Europa League last-four tie with Roma.

Edinson Cavani scored both United goals in the second leg of a 13-goal semi-final.

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The 8-5 aggregate victory ends a run of four semi-final defeats for United under Solskjaer and sets up a meeting with Villarreal – who knocked out Arsenal – in Gdansk on 26 May.

United are without a trophy since their last triumph in this competition in 2017, their longest run since the five-year gap between 1985 and 1990, which was ended by an FA Cup success that marked the start of Sir Alex Ferguson’s silverware collection.

Jose Mourinho was manager for that most recent United success and he will be responsible for reviving Roma’s fortunes next season, knowing their only chance of European football next season will come in Uefa’s new third-tier Conference competition.

Villarreal prevented another all-English final so there was no repeat of the 2018-19 season when both the Champions League and Europa League final featured only English sides.

The Spanish side reached the final after a goalless away leg in London gave them a 2-1 aggregate triumph against Arsenal.