Manchester United stayed behind in the Europa League final. Here’s a look at how it happened …

Deficit in the first half of the year

United started the game at the front, dominating early possession with a strong pressing game.

Even so, there were no clear chances and the only shot United scored in the first 45 minutes was a long shot.

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Villarreal caught United with a sucker after a series of mistakes. David de Gea’s poor clearance resulted in Paul Pogba losing the ball and Edinson Cavani giving away a free kick.

Set piece was a long way off, but similar to so many United conceded goals this season, the defense split to allow striker Gerard Moreno to score.

United took a 1-0 lead during the break, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the biggest half-time team talk of his career.

Setback in the second half

Villarreal started the second half in the lead and had an early chance of falling to Carlos Bacca, resulting in a tackle between the goals.

A United penalty appeared to lift the players and a free kick won in a similar position to Villarreal resulted in Scott McTominay forcing a corner.

McTominay worked hard again to shoot the ball through a crowded penalty area and Edinson Cavani was on hand to hit the offside trap and shoot deep past the goalkeeper into the net.

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From that moment on, United’s tails were up. A sea of ​​red shirts pushed forward and almost scored a quick second.

Villarreal took from Carlos Bacca and switched to a more defensive formation with midfielder Francis Coquelin.

That didn’t stop United from creating opportunities. Marcus Rashford missed a sitter from close range in the 69th minute as it broke away in the penalty area and Cavani saw a header blocked by Pau Torres.

A nervous end to the 90 minutes and the game went into overtime.

Extra time

United came out flat in overtime and United eventually made a first substitution, bringing on Fred for Mason Greenwood.

Solskjaer was resilient up to this point, and Unai Emery made five changes in the second half.

Eric Bailly was then replaced by Axel Tuanzebe, while Dan James surprisingly came on for Paul Pogba.

Overtime was a shame and United failed to score a single chance to score. Alex Telles and Juan Mata ended up replacing Scott McTominay and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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The result that nobody wanted, penalty kick. It was up to David de Gea to miss the final free kick, with United losing 11-10.

De Gea has questions to answer about his poor performance in saving penalties. He took 11 and could only save one.

The rest of the team did their job, even Fred, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Victor Lindelof met. Villarreal did well but De Gea should have done better.

How United got there

United reached the final against Roma, Granada, AC Milan and Real Sociedad.

Villarreal had eliminated Arsenal in the semifinals and prevented an all-English final.

United entered the competition after narrowly abandoning the Champions League group stage.

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