CHRIS SUTTON: From Bruno Fernandes vs Etienne Capoue to Edinson Cavani vs Pau Torres … Three key fights to watch out for in Manchester United’s Europa League final with Villarreal
- Manchester United and Villarreal compete against each other in the Europa League final
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will try to deliver his first trophy as the United boss
- Emery may be the first boss to win the league or the UEFA Cup for the fourth time
- However, there are plenty of fights on the field to keep an eye out for Wednesday
Manchester United and Villarreal will compete against each other in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will aim to deliver his first trophy as Manchester United boss, while Unai Emery will become the first manager to win the Europa League or UEFA Cup for the fourth time.
Since both teams are eager to get their hands on the silverware, there are several battles on the field to keep an eye out for.
From Bruno Fernandes vs Etienne Capoue to Edinson Cavani vs Pau Torres, SportsmailChris Sutton has identified who to look out for.
Man United and Villarreal will face each other in the Europa League final on Wednesday
EDINSON CAVANI v PAU TORRES
A few Premier League clubs look to this 24-year-old center-back who was rightly called up to Luis Enrique’s Spanish side for Euro 2020.
Let’s see how he fares against an experienced goalscorer in Cavani in this Europa League showdown.
The Manchester United forward’s move is absolutely elite, so Torres will have to keep a constant eye on his opponent. Lose him even for a split second and Cavani can punish you.
He was in form for United at the end of the season, scoring nine goals in his last 10 games.
The 24-year-old Villarreal center-back will face Manchester United goalscorer Edinson Cavani
ERIC BAILLY v GERARD MORENO
To give you an idea of how deadly Moreno is, only Lionel Messi scored more goals than this 29-year-old in La Liga during the 2020-21 season (Messi 27, Moreno and Karim Benzema both 23).
He will get to the ball, he will dribble with it and, when he is within reasonable sight of the goal, he will try.
Harry Maguire has missed the last four games due to an ankle injury and is unlikely to make it to the final.
Bailly is expected to start in his absence and this will be a huge test for the 27-year-old who left Villarreal to United for £ 30m in 2016.
Eric Bailly will be forced to defend Moreno, who nearly matched Messi’s number for the season
BRUNO FERNANDES / ETIENNE CAPOUE
There has been a lot of talk about how many players will leave Tottenham and win trophies – and Capoue could become the last to achieve that.
The 32-year-old Frenchman started this season in the championship at Watford. Now he will be in that Villarreal midfield, pinching his heels and trying to keep this from turning into a Bruno bonanza.
Fernandes is the most important man in this United team. We all know what he can do if he gets the chance. Capoue’s job is to try to limit the damage he can do.
Bruno Fernandes is the main man for Manchester United, but can be kept at bay by Capoue