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The hopes of Manchester United, a first-ever title since 2017, collide with the European League coach Unai Emery, when the “Red Devils” face Villarreal of Spain on Wednesday in the final scheduled in Poland’s Dansk in front of a limited number of fans.
United overcame the shock of exiting the first round of the Champions League competition by reaching the quarter-finals of the second continental competition in terms of importance, eliminating two very difficult obstacles, Real Sociedad of Spain and Milan, and then surpassed in the quarter-finals another Spanish team, Granada, before reaching the final. Fourteenth continental in its history by beating Rome in the semi-finals of Italy.
The “Red Devils”, who secured their return to the Champions League next season through their second place in the Premier League, wish the soul to go to the end in order to win their first title since 2017 when they were crowned champions of the “Europa League” in particular.
But the English team collides on Wednesday with the experience of coach Emery, who led Villarreal to the first major final in its history after eliminating in the semi-finals of his former team Arsenal of London, as he is considered the most successful coach in the competition after he led Sevilla to win its title for three consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2016.
He also reached the final match with Arsenal in 2018 before losing to London’s neighbor Chelsea.
Emery is running his fifth European final, and only Scottish Sir Alex Ferguson and Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni led their teams to a greater number of European finals.
– Champions League participation key –
The 49-year-old imposed himself as the most specialized coach in the “Europa League” competition, achieving a very remarkable record in the knockout rounds, winning 29 out of 32 matches during a rally in which he took turns leading four teams in the competition.
And leading Villarreal on Wednesday to its first continental title ever, will be Villarreal’s key to participate in the Champions League next season after finishing the Spanish League in seventh place, which entitles it to participate in the new continental competition, “Europa Conference League”, from the deciding round.
“Yellow Submarine” defender Alfonso Pedrasa warned, according to the club’s website, that “in the final, you never know what will happen. They are the favorites, but we came out victorious against big teams. We ask our fans to stand behind us, because we will give 100% to try.” Winning the title. ”
“We will be loyal to our ideas that led us to the final … We have performed well so far in this tournament and we have not lost any match and we want to continue like this. We know that the match is final, and that we will have our chances and we need to make the most of them,” he stressed.
After ending his contract with the semi-finals, in which his career has ended four previous times in all competitions since he took charge of United, the Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to finally succeed in winning his first title as coach of his former team.
The “Red Devils” campaign stopped at the Round of Four twice in the English Professional League Cup, and once in each of the “Europa League” and the England Cup.
United, who faced four times with Villarreal in the group stage of the Champions League, which all ended in a goalless draw (2005-2006 and 2008-2009 seasons), is looking for its first coronation since 2017 when it won the “Europa League” in particular.
Solskjaer admitted on the eve of the upcoming meeting in Poland that “you always face pressure to win titles at Manchester United. What we have achieved in the (domestic) league shows progress. The next step is to win titles and win the Premier League as well.”
“Winning a cup can give you confidence, but it makes you hungry for more. When you win things, all you want is to win more, you want feelings to make you lift the cups again.”
And he added, “I know that my players believe that they can win it (the Europa League) and move on to better things, but when you taste the first (title), this is a big step in the right direction.”
Doubts remain about the readiness of the center-back, captain Harry Maguire and French striker Anthony Martial, who missed United’s recent Premier League matches due to injury.
Solshire said he would give the England defender enough time and would not risk pushing him without making sure he was fully ready to play.
As for Marcial, he has not participated in any match for two months, as he suffers from a knee injury, and the Norwegian coach hopes to be able to catch up with Wednesday’s match.
– The feeling of playing in front of the fans –
On the other hand, Emery hopes Nigerian winger Samuel Choquezi and Argentine defender Juan Voice will catch up with the match.
photo1The stadium, “PGI Arena Dansk”, will be 25 percent full (nearly 9,500 spectators), prompting United Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to express the excitement of the game in front of the fans again.
Cavani once tested the feeling of defending United’s colors against the fans of the “Red Devils” in the penultimate stage of the Premier League against Fulham (1-1) when he scored a wonderful goal.
In an interview with the official website of UEFA, the former striker of Napoli, Italy, and Paris Saint-Germain of France, said, “I have always said that football is about experiencing this with the passion that the fans give you on the field.” It is pure passion over the course of 90 minutes, that governs the relationship between the player and the fan. All these months without fans have been difficult. ”
“I think that the gradual return of the fans now to the stadiums will help a lot, especially with a team like Manchester United that has a strong and passionate fan base. Let’s hope that everything starts to return to normal.”
And he puts the Cavani final against his former coach in Saint-Germain, and the 34-year-old commented on this matter by saying from the moment Unai arrived in Paris, he showed his passion for football. I really liked the way it worked. He is a coach who will work a lot and prepare well for the European League final. ”
“I know from my own experience that the little details define these matches, and that is why you should be the most focused. You have to play a perfect match. I know that Unai is like this. He is a hard-working coach. That is why he wins titles wherever he is.”
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