Europa League final: Owen predicts result for Villarreal vs Man United tie


Michael Owen, a former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker, has predicted the Europa League final clash between Villarreal and Manchester United.

Villarreal will tackle Manchester United in the Europa League final at the PGE Arena Gdańsk in Poland on Wednesday night.

Unai Emery’s side had eliminated Arsenal from the Europa League semi-final encounter earlier this month, while Man United knocked AS Roma out of the competition.

Villarreal head to the game following a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in their last LaLiga fixture on Saturday, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men won Wolves 2-1 on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.

Providing his prediction, Owen told BetVictor, “Manchester United go into the Europa League final as favourites. However, their opponents are undefeated in this year’s competition and have a manager at the helm in Unai Emery that can boast of winning this competition three times in the past, which is more than any other.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to win his first trophy as United manager, although if they are to be successful here, they’ll most likely have to do it without injured captain Harry McGuire.

“I think United will be happy to give up some territory to the Spaniards in the hope they can utilise their counter-attack that has been such a potent weapon for them throughout the season.

“There’s no doubt Villarreal will be wary of that, and although I think the Yellow Submarine have enough to get on the score-sheet, I reckon it’ll be United that will be collecting the winner’s medals come full-time.

“It’s 2-1 to the side from Manchester for me.”

The kick-off time for Villarreal vs Man United is 8 pm, Nigerian time.

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