Manchester United go into the Europa League final as favourites, however, their opponents are undefeated in this year’s competition and have a manager at the helm in Unai Emery that can boast of winning this competition three times in the past, which is more than any other.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer will be desperate to win his first trophy as United manager, although if they are to be successful here, they’ll most likely have to do it without injured captain Harry McGuire.
I think United will be happy to give up some territory to the Spaniards in the hope they can utilise their counter-attack that has been such a potent weapon for them throughout the season.
There’s no doubt Villarreal will be wary of that, and although I think the Yellow Submarine have enough to get on the score-sheet, I reckon it’ll be United that will be collecting the winner’s medals come full-time.
It’s 2-1 to the side from Manchester for me.
For the second time in three years, the UEFA Champions League final will be contested by two English clubs. Manchester City have finally shaken off their hoodoo of missing out at the quarter-final stage, and in some style.
The Citizens were worthy winners over two legs against PSG in the semis, and given their all-out ******* domestically, they rightfully come into this as favourites.
However, one blot in their pursuit for a treble came against Chelsea in the FA Cup. Thomas Tuchel masterminded a 1-0 win, so there’s no doubt the Londoners will quietly fancy their chances here.
With the league sewn up a couple of weeks ago, City have had ample time to prepare for this. That can only be of benefit to Pep Guardiola, and given Chelsea’s recent dip in form, it’s hard to make a case against City lifting their first Champions League trophy.
I think Chelsea will sit in here and try to catch City on the counter, however, with Manchester City so powerful on the attack, keeping them out is the ultimate test.
With that in mind, I’m going for City to win their first and much coveted, Champions League trophy with a 2-0 victory.