Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to facing Villarreal in the Europa League final


The Norwegian believes the Spanish side will be a tough opponent (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Villarreal have proved they will be a ‘difficult’ team to face after knocking out Arsenal and is eagerly looking forward to the Europa League final.

While the Red Devils were involved in a thrilling 8-5 aggregate win over Roma which saw five more goals scored in a 3-2 second-leg victory for the Italian hosts on Thursday night, Villarreal were enjoying a rather quieter evening in north London.

Although Arsenal only needed to score once to progress, the Gunners mustered just one shot on target as Villarreal dug in to secure the goalless draw they required.

Villarreal only needed a goalless draw to knock Arsenal out (Picture: Getty)

Now the Spanish side will take on United in Gdansk on May 26 with Villarreal boss Unai Emery looking to continue his remarkable record in the competition – he has made the final for a fifth time – and Solskjaer will not be taking them lightly.

Asked if Villarreal will present a tough test, Solskjaer told MUTV: ‘Of course, they got through to the final, beat an Arsenal side which is never easy.

‘Any team that gets to a final is a good team. It’s going to be a difficult game but we’re looking forward to it.

‘This is what we’ve always wanted, to play a final, last game of the season, chance to win a trophy. We’ve lost four semi-finals and now finally we’re through. Great boost for everyone.’

The date of the final coincides with both Sir Matt Busby’s birthday and United’s Champions League win over Bayern Munich 22 years ago.

‘There was a decent final in ’99, the 26th of May is a good day so let’s hope it’s a good omen,’ added Solskjaer.

Edinson Cavani netted twice in Rome but United lost 3-2 on the night (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about the tie overall having lost the second leg, Solskjaer told BT Sport: ‘We played one very, very good half at Old Trafford which has taken us through. I’m disappointed we lost – especially the way we played in the second half.

‘It could easily have been 8-6 to them. It was a strange game. We kept giving them the ball but luckily we have one of the best keepers in the world. We are in the final and are looking forward to 26 May.’


MORE :
‘Good evening’ – Villarreal troll Arsenal over Unai Emery as Mesut Ozil tweet backfires


MORE : Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reserves special praise for Edinson Cavani and David de Gea after Manchester United reach Europa League final

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

For more stories like this, check our sport page.





READ SOURCE

READ  EFL pass new rule on out-of-contract Championship stars in boost to clubs like Charlton

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here