Manchester United XI vs Villarreal: De Gea starts in attacking line-up for UEL final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his starting XI to take on Villarreal in the Europa League final.

Skipper Harry Maguire misses out due to injury but is expected to be a presence on the sideline tonight in Gdansk.

Maguire sustained ankle ligament damage during United’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa on May 9 and has been sidelined since. The skipper also missed United’s final game of the Premier League season at Wolves on Sunday.

David de Gea gets the nod between the sticks, with a back four consisting of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw. The biggest question to come after tonight’s game will be what does the future hold for Dean Henderson, who we are sure is very disappointed to miss out.

Fred is dropped in midfield for the final, as we suggested in our predicted XI, with Paul Pogba dropping deeper to partner Scott McTominay. That will allow Bruno Fernandes to pull the strings in the final third, with Mason Greenwood on the right and Marcus Rashford on the left.

Villarreal can’t afford to double up on anyone at the back because Edinson Cavani will find space and cause damage in and around the box.

Manchester United XI: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes; Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford.

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