Man United reach the “Europa League” final … and Emery takes revenge on Arsenal


Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer climbed to the first major championship final as a coach despite Manchester United losing 3-2 to Rome at the Olympic Stadium, on Thursday, as the English team won 8-5 in the aggregate score of the first-leg matches of the European Football League semi-finals.

The Norwegian coach has bid farewell to the semi-finals on 4 occasions during his tenure at Old Trafford, and despite today’s defeat in Rome, the team easily advanced to the final thanks to a big 6-2 victory in the first leg last week.

Edinson Cavani scored the first goal for United in the 39th minute, but Roma scored twice in a row within 3 minutes of the second half through Eden Gecko and Brian Cristante to turn the tables on their guests.

United are thanks to David de Gea for not conceding more goals, as the Spanish keeper saved a series of chances.

Cavani scored a 2-2 draw for United with a header, but the shot by 19-year-old Nikola Zalewski, in his first appearance with Roma, changed direction after hitting Alex Tillis to house De Gea, and the Italian team guaranteed victory, but United celebrated their qualification after the final whistle.

Spain’s Villarreal reached his first final match in the major European football championships, after qualifying for the European League final (Europa League) at the expense of his host Arsenal, England, after tying with him negatively, taking advantage of his 2-1 victory at home.

Villarreal took revenge on Arsenal, who ended the most important adventure for the Spanish team in the Champions League in the 2005-2006 season, when he eliminated him from the semi-finals thanks to German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who saved a penalty kick at the time of the killer return.

And if Villarreal win the title, it will be his only key to participate in the Champions League next season, due to his current sixth position in the league, 18 points ahead of Seville fourth, four stages before the end of the season.

Coach Unai Emery returned to the Emirates Stadium, where he spent a season and 4 months before his dismissal in November 2019, and his best achievement was leading the Gunners to the final in 2019.

Emery continued his specialization in the European League, after winning the title in 3 consecutive years (2014-2016) with Seville, Spain, in addition to the 2019 final with Arsenal.


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