Manchester United yet again failed to win a trophy under Ole Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as it finished Manchester United 1-1 Villarreal after 120 minutes of action and United blew it away in penalties.
The Spanish club Villareal was playing their first-ever Europa League final but their manager Unai Emery’s resume shows what he could do in European competition. The first half was all about a set-piece that gave the Yellow Submarine lead in the game. United might have missed their captain Harry Maguire, who was ruled out for the match due to injury.
While in the second half Edinson Cavani equalized for the Red Devils taking the game to extra time. Both the teams had their chances at both ends of the turf. Although United had much better chances late into the game but failed to convert them. As a result of which the UEFA Europa League final was decided on penalties, which Man United was habitual of taking in the domestic league making them the favorites to win the game. However, it boils down to goalkeepers at the end as Villarreal won the game on penalties (10-11) courtesy of David de Gea, who failed to convert from the spot.
It was the first-ever Europa League trophy for the Spanish club Villareal. While United is yet to win a major trophy under their boss Ole, who has not even won a single trophy for the club in his 3 years as Manchester United manager.
Manchester 1-1 Villarreal: Post Match Reaction
After the match, Manchester United boss Ole looked disappointed in the post-match interview he said
“We pushed, we pressed, we got the goal, but after that we couldn’t control the game. They made it hard for us. We didn’t create enough big chances. Now is not the time to discuss what I might have done differently. When you go home without a trophy you haven’t done everything right.”
When asked about was the season a success for Manchester United Ole replied “No.”
“We pushed in the league and got closer to the top than we thought at that point. And we got to a final but you need to win these finals to make it a good season.”
With the season now over, Manchester United will be focusing on signing some key players for their team. Moreover, they will be hoping to challenge the likes of Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.