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Villarreal vs Man United Europa League final: Start time and how to watch in Australia

Posted: 26 May 2021 6:24 pm

Man United are hot favourites to win the Europa League final against a Villarreal outfit chasing its maiden European silverware.

Villarreal vs Manchester United will be the latter's eighth major European final, but the first for the Spanish side. The Red Devils have been crowned champions in five of their previous seven UEFA finals.

Villarreal have become the 11th Spanish side to reach a major European final. The team known as the Yellow Submarine are hoping to qualify for next season's Champions League, while United are already there after finishing second in the English Premier League.

Europa League fina Australian start time

The Europa League final kicks off at 5am AEST on Thursday 27 May at PGE Arena Gdańsk in Poland.

How to watch Europa League final live in Australia

The Europa League final is exclusive to Optus Sport in Australia. That gives you a few options for this final, including directly through Optus or via Fetch TV.

If you're an Optus mobile or NBN customer you're in luck as you're eligible for free Optus Sport. If not then you'll need to pay $14.99 for a months access as there's no free trial for Optus Sport. The good thing is that will also give you access to this weekends UEFA Champions League final.

You can see a breakdown of all the details in our guide on watching the Europa League.

Villarreal vs Manchester United match preview

Villarreal and the Red Devils will clash for the fifth time. Remarkably all four of their previous matches have ended in scoreless draws. They all came in the Champions League between 2005 and 2009. Will this game go to extra-time or even a nail-biting penalty shootout?

Villarreal vs Man Utd

Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga after losing to Real Madrid last weekend.

However, they have an astute coach in Unai Emery who knows what it takes to win the Europa League, having triumphed three times in a row with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016. Emery also reached the final two years ago with Arsenal, but lost to Chelsea.

If Villarreal defeat United, Spain will boast 7 of the last 10 Europa League champions, the others belonging to Chelsea in 2013 and 2019, plus the Red Devils in 2017.

Villarreal will thrive on their underdog status and certainly have the capabilities to punch above their weight, especially with Gerard Moreno in their side. The prolific striker has bagged 23 goals in La Liga this season, a tally bettered only by superstar Lionel Messi.

We believe the Red Devils will be too strong in Gdańsk, so we're tipping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win his first trophy as United manager.

After free Optus Sport? Compare Optus broadband NBN plans here. Keen to keep up with Villarreal more often? See our guide on streaming Spain's La Liga.

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