On 26 May, Manchester United will face Emery’s Villarreal. Juan played the last minutes in the defeat (3-2) in Rome, which did not jeopardise the 6-2 result in the first leg. Four years later, he will return to a Europa League final with United.
Despite losing at the Olympic Stadium (3-2), Juan Mata’s Manchester United will be in Gdansk for the Europa League final. The rival will be Villarreal, who knocked Arsenal out from the tournament. In the final, Juan will meet Unai Emery, a coach with whom he coincided in his stage at Valencia.
The Spanish international, who replaced Bruno in the 84th minute, will play his third Europa League final. The previous two (2013 with Chelsea and 2017 with Manchester United) ended with Mata lifting the trophy. On the 26th, Mata will try to conquer his fourth continental title. Almost a decade ago, the first of them was the 2011/12 Champions League, a new milestone for an impressive track record.
Regarding the Roma game, two goals by Cavani (minutes 39 and 68) and several interventions by De Gea avoided any surprise. Džeko and Cristante’s goals and Telles’ own goal gave the home team an insufficient victory.