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A youthful Man Utd side rounded of their league campaign with victory over Wolves, ending a three-game winless streak in the process.
Largely poor recent results have coincided with the absence of Harry Maguire, and it appears the captain is unlikely to win his race against time to be fit.
Eric Bailly should be in line to face his former employees then, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has selection dilemmas elsewhere too.
David de Gea looks set to feature in goal, but there’s a decision to make as to whether both Fred and Scott McTominay should feature in midfield, or whether Paul Pogba will be used in midfield rather than from the left of a front three.
Should the French international be pushed higher up the pitch, where he’s delivered his best performances this season, Marcus Rashford could find himself on the bench with Edinson Cavani sure to start and Mason Greenwood in fine form.
Edinson Cavani To Score Anytime
The academy graduate now has eight goals in his last 13 appearances, but his Uruguayan teammate looks a steadier bet. Cavani has plundered five goals and added a trio of assists from his three starts in this competition for Man Utd, netting braces in both legs against Roma in the semi-finals.
He’s also rounded off the league campaign with four goals from 366 minutes of action over Man Utd’s last eight matches, and certainly has the personality to show up in the big games.
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Man United To Win
Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga after going down 2-1 on the final day away to Real Madrid. They did however demonstrate their qualities going forwards in their previous outing as they thumped Sevilla 4-0.
They’ve already overcome English opposition as they edged Arsenal in the semi-finals, though despite some recent successes, they’ve still only won four of their last eight (W4-D1-L3).
Still, United have their work cut out as Spanish sides have dominated Europe’s second-tier competition, producing 10 winners from the past 17 editions.
That includes six of the past nine, though the other three recent winners all hailed from England. Unai Emery has himself contributed heavily to Spanish success, winning three in a row with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, though did miss out last time he reached the showpiece event with Arsenal in 2019.
Over 2.5 Goals
That encounter saw Chelsea run out 4-1 winners and the Europa League final hasn’t been short on goals in recent years, with seven of nine since 2010/11 featuring three strikes at a minimum, while the last six have averaged exactly four per game.
Man Utd’s squad is stronger at the sharp end even before taking into consideration Maguire’s absence, with both teams scoring in each of Man Utd’s past seven outings, so both sides should enjoy chances to contribute to a high-scoring affair.