Ole Gunner Solskjaer reacts to facing Villareal in the Europa League Final
Manchester United are in the final of the Europa League after beating Roma by 8-5 aggregate in the semi-finals
The final will take place in Gdansk on May 26 with Villarreal boss looking to continue his remarkable record in the competition
Manchester United are in the final of the Europa League after beating Roma by 8-5 aggregate in the semi-finals. Unai Emery’s Villareal on the other side have beaten Arsenal in the semis and will face The Red Devils in the final battle for the Europa League trophy. The final will take place in Gdansk on May 26 with Villarreal boss 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.
‘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.
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.’