Europa League 2020/21: How much prize money the winner will receive
Villarreal are hoping to become the 10th Spanish team in a row to defeat an English side in a European final, a run that includes Manchester United losing twice to Barcelona.
Manchester United face the Villarreal in Gdansk on Wednesday as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to get his hands on his first piece of silverware with the English giants.
Unai Emery will be quietly confident of taking the LaLiga side to European glory at their first attempt. Emery is aiming to become the first coach to win the UEFA Cup or Europa League four times.
Four draws between Manchester United and Villarreal
All four games between the sides have ended 0-0, making Villarreal the opponents United have faced most in their history without ever scoring.
The Premier League club will be wary of Spanish teams' recent records against English opposition in finals, with the past nine meetings – since Liverpool beat Basque side Alavés 5-4 in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup – seeing the LaLiga side come out on top.
Unai Emery was in charge for one of those nine, plotting a Europa League final victory against Liverpool with Sevilla in 2015/16. This is United's eighth major European final.
Emery vs Solskjaer
When it comes to experience at this stage of the tournament, former Arsenal manager Emery has the edge over Solskjaer. The Spanish boss lifted this trophy three years in a row from 2014 to 2016 with Sevilla and could become the first coach to win either the UEFA Cup or Europa League four times.
Solskjaer has contested only one final in his managerial career, winning the 2013 Norwegian Cup with Molde.
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Villarreal are hoping to become the 10th Spanish team in a row to defeat an English side in a European final.
Villarreal's main threat will likely come through the excellent Gerard Moreno. The Spain international has 29 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season. The United backline will be expecting a tough test against the underrated 29-year-old.
United have pocketed an additional €4.5 million after booking their place in the Europa League final at the expense of Roma.
The winner's on Wednesday are set to be awarded a further €4 million on top of their existing prize money totted-up so far during the 2020/21 competition.
Due to their Champions League group stage involvement - United have earned €23.35 million for their UCL exploits this season. That includes an initial €15.25 million for taking part in Group H alongside PSG, RB Leipzig and Basaksehir.
Reaching the Europa League final is worth €4.5 million. The winners will receive €8.5 million in total from the one-off game. Victory in the Europa League showpiece would take United's total earnings in the competition to €16.92 million.
Villarreal have already secured more than €20 million for reaching the final in Poland. According to UEFA data, €20,097,952 million to be exact. This total amount comes from €2.9 million distributed to each of the 48 clubs for participating in the competition, the million euros they received for topping the group and reaching the round of 16, the €570,000 for each match won (12 in total) and €190,000 for each of the two draws in the group stage.
There was also €1.1 million earned from reaching the round of 16, €1.5 million for reaching the quarter-finals, €2.4 million for reaching the semi-finals and €4.5 million euros for reaching the final.
European Super Cup
If Villarreal win the final against Manchester United, they will be able to pocket an additional €4 million. The Spanish side would pocket another €3.5 million for playing the European Super Cup on 11 August in Belfast against the winner of this Saturday's Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.
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