Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes of matching Jose Mourinho’s Europa League record at Manchester United fell on the rocks this evening as Villarreal beat the Red Devils 11-10 on penalties at the Stadion Energa Gdansk in Poland.
The Portuguese coach [Mourinho] led the English giants to win the 2016/17 edition after beating Ajax 2-0 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden.
But, Solskjaer who took over the mantle after Mourinho’s sack in 2018 lost his maiden final as a Manchester United coach on Wednesday in Poland.
After a rather dull first 28 minutes, Gerard Moreno Balagueró ghosted his way into the Manchester United eighteen yard box to connect home from Daniel Parejo’s free kick into the box in the 29th minute, Villarreal’s first attempt at goal.
In a similar fashion, Edinson Cavani pulled parity for Manchester United in the 55th minute having connected Scott McTominay’s effort into the net.
The seemingly boring game ended 1-1 draw and the extra time was nothing different.
And for the first time since the 2013/14 edition where Unai Emery guided Sevilla to beat Benfica on penalties at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, the winner had to be decided through penalty shootout which Villarreal emerged victorious after playing eleven penalties appease.
Only David De Gea missed his penalty.