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Europa League Final: Lineups

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Villarreal take on Manchester United in a European Final.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

THIS IS IT. It’s matchday, one more time. The biggest of matchdays against a huge opponent, Manchester United. This is a game we are entirely capable of winning. In my estimation, Manchester United is not as good as either of our last two opponents, and we played extremely well in long stretches of both those matchups. If we don’t let the moment be too much for us, I think we’ll do just fine.

Foyth makes a comeback to the lineup and Yeremi Pino gets a MASSIVE start. Emery sticks with his Cup Keeper for the Final, and we’ll see if he lives to regret it. Carlos Bacca gets the call ahead of Paco Alcacer, which I personally think is a mistake. Personally, I think there’s a lot here that can be analyzed and picked apart if things go wrong. But Emery has three of these titles for a reason, so here we go!

Ole goes with his long time club servant De Gea at keeper, youngster Greenwood starts in attack. Former Yellow Bailly starts in the heart of defense as they are missing their club captain Harry Maguire.

Strengths and weaknesses

I really think we field the better midfield here. I don’t think either fanbase will feel wholly secure about the keeper that’s out there, but De Gea still is qualitatively different than Rulli. We have the better back four. In attack, I think they put together the more talented front line, but Bacca’s experience on this stage and Yeremi’s direct exuberance are both x-factors for me.

Thoughts?