Man United vs Villarreal: Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves & Scholes name team to win UEL trophy.. Former Manchester United stars, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes have predicted the winner of the Europa League final to be played between their old club and Spanish side, Villarreal.
The three players all tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to win the Europa League final.
Manchester United beat AS Roma 8-5 on aggregate to book their place in the final, while Villarreal overcame another Premier League side, Arsenal 2-1 from both legs to reach the final.
The final comes up on May 26 and Ferdinand told BT Sport, “If Manchester United turn up and perform anywhere near their best, they win the game, hands down, probably by a couple of goals.
“They’ve got players in there that have won this competition already as well. Unai Emery has got experience but some of these Man United players on the pitch have been there and done it too.
“Listen, I don’t see it being a huge problem for Manchester United. But it’s a final and the players won’t look at it like that.
“They will know they need to prepare right, focus and get the job done.”
Hargreaves added, “Unai Emery is close to getting the trophy named after him, the amount of times he’s won it.
“It will be a tough game, with Unai’s experience and because Villarreal have a lot of goalscorers in their side.
“But Manchester United are favourites. They’ve got the best squad, the most talented players.
“If the likes of Bruno [Fernandes], [Edinson] Cavani and [Paul] Pogba turn up they should get the job done.”
Scholes said: “I agree with Owen. I haven’t seen a lot of Villarreal and they do have goals in their teams. It’s hard to go against Unai Emery with his record in the competition but United have hit some real form at the right time.
“I expect them to win it with the squad they’ve got.”