Man Utd beaten by Villarreal in Europa League final after dramatic shootout
Manchester United have lost the Europa League final after they were beaten by Villarreal in a dramatic penalty shootout.
After the match ended 1-1 in normal time, United and Villarreal were unable to find the winning goal in extra time and the contest went to penalties with goalkeeper David De Gea missing the crucial spot kick for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Juan Mata, Alex Telles, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all converted their penalties before it went to sudden death.
Fred, Dan James, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Victor Lindelof all found the net before Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli put the Spanish side ahead.
De Gea then stepped up to pull United level but his effort was comfortably saved by Rulli.
The result has left Solskjaer still searching for his first trophy as United manager.
Solskjaer’s men went behind in the first half as Dani Parejo’s free kick eluded United’s defence and Gerard Moreno got away from Victor Lindelof to steer the ball past David De Gea.
United improved in the second half and equalised in the 55th minute through Edinson Cavani after the ball bounced into the Uruguayan’s path from close range.
United’s dominance continued after their equaliser and Marcus Rashford had the best chance to put Solskjaer’s side in front but after meeting Bruno Fernandes’ cross from the right flank he side-footed his effort wide of Villarreal’s goal.
Both sides then limped through 30 minutes of extra time before the dramatic penalty shootout sealed Villarreal’s win.
Villarreal boss Unai Emery has now won the competition four times, while he also lost in the final with Arsenal in 2019.
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