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
ET / 123rd+ min: The Europa League final will be decided in a PK shootout!
ET / 121st+ min: Manchester United make two final subs for the shootout. Alex Telles and Juan Mata come in for McTominay and Wan-Bissaka. We’ll see if these moves work out for Solskjaer. Villarreal also take advantage of the break in play to bring in Dani Raba for Capoue.
ET / 117th min: Interesting subs by Man United. Pogba is taken out for Daniel James. Tuanzebe takes over for Bailly at center back. PK shootout looms.
ET / 113th min: Tense moments in Gdansk. Villarreal want a penalty for a handball in the box and Manchester United are irate about off-the-ball contact on McTominay. Play resumes.
ET / 110th min: This game has penalty kicks written all over it as this point. There’s a delay for a Marcus Rashford injury and ManU reinforcements are forthcoming.
ET / 105th min: Villarreal were the better side in the first period of extra time. Only 15 minutes left before the penalty kick shootout.
ET / 100th min: Villarreal fire two warning shots through Moreno and Alcacer. Meanwhile, Fred comes in for a visibly fatigued Mason Greenwood. That’s Man United’s 1st sub.
ET / 96th min: Both teams are playing it safe for now. Still no subs by Manchester United.
92nd+ min: Pau Torres with the last good chance of the match in regulation. He tries to curl it into the top left corner, but misses by a few feet. We’re headed to 30-minute extra time.
87th min: SUBS – Unai Emery now brings in fresh legs for both fullback spots with Moreno and Gaspar on for Pedraza and Foyth. All 5 subs made for Villarreal. They’ll have one more in extra time. Good moves by Emery with his side fading as the game has progressed.
85th min: CARD – And now it’s Villarreal’s Foyth who’s shown a card for a sliding tackle on Luke Shaw. Dangerous set piece for Man United fizzles out.
82nd min: CARD – Bailly goes into the books for an arm in the face of Alcacer who was running onto the ball. The set piece opportunity is wasted.
76th min: SUBS – Two straight corners for Villarreal to interrupt the Man United momentum. And two more subs coming for the wide midfield spots: The veteran Paco Alcacer (for Pino) and Moi Gomez (for Trigueros) will give the team some fresh legs.
72nd min: Manchester United are clearly the team most likely to score. They get to Villarreal’s box with ease. The latest threat: a Cavani header on a cross drilled in by Luke Shaw.
70th min: Marcus Rashford misses an incredible chance in front of goal, but luckily for him the offside flag went up.
60th min: SUB – With Villarreal struggling to regain their composure, Unai Emery brings in midfielder Coquelin in place of a forward, Bacca. It’ll be Moreno all alone up top for the Yellow Submarine.
55th min: GOAL! And on that corner kick, it’s an equalizer for Edinson Cavani and Manchester United! 1-1. Rashford fires the ball back into the box and Cavani is the first to pounce.
54th min: CARD – Villarreal’s Capoue gets a yellow card for pulling down Bruno Fernandes. McTominay earns a corner from the resulting set piece.
52nd min: VAR check for a potential penalty for contact in the box on Mason Greenwood. It was never a penalty and nothing was given.
48th min: First big chance of the second half falls to Villarreal! Off another set piece. The ball just needed a touch in the box, but Man United clear.
47th min: Second half is underway. No changes. Expect a similar script to unfold in the second half. We’ll see what tweaks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will make.
Halftime: Villarreal go into the lockers with a shock lead. Manchester United started strong, but Villarreal stood tall. They picked their moments to push into the attack and won a handful of corner kicks and a set piece which led to the Moreno goal. Expert performance from the Spanish side.
44th min: Sitting on a one-goal lead, Villarreal are content to sit back and absorb the pressure. Man United can’t find a way through.
29th min: GOAL Villarreal! On a beautiful Dani Parejo curling free kick, top scorer Gerard Moreno applies the touch to get it past DeGea. That’s Moreno’s 30th goal of the season.
23rd min: Rabona cross by Carlos Bacca, but Villarreal’s Pau Torres can’t get around to head on frame.
22nd min: Brief reprieve for Villarreal with two straight corners on the other end. And they took PLENTY of time to take each.
20th min: Left back Luke Shaw whips the ball across the six-yard box but no one’s there to give it a touch. Dangerous chance. The Man United fullbacks are high up the field and Villarreal have been pinned in their own end.
16th min: First real attack by Villarreal results in a corner, but Trigueros, unmarked at the far post, can’t put the ball on frame.
13th min: Villarreal back to 11 men on the field after Foyth reenters at right back with his head bandaged up.
9th min: Ugly tumble by Villarreal’s Juan Foyth, who slams his face nto Pogba’s knee. They’ll try to stop the bleeding on the sideline.
7th min: First shot belongs to Man United’s McTominay and it fizzes well wide left. They almost capitalized on a Villarreal giveaway.
1st min: We’re officially underway.
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 (4-4-2, left to right): #13 Geronimo Rulli — #24 Alfonso Pedraza, #4 Pau Torres, #3 Raul Albiol (captain), #8 Juan Foyth — #14 Manu Trigueros, #25 Etienne Capoue, #5 Dani Parejo, #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 .