Check out how Villarreal measure up against UEFA Europa League final opponents Manchester United and the quirk of their past encounters.
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Previous meetings in UEFA competition
The clubs have faced each other four times over the years, in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2005/06 and 2008/09. Remarkably, their meetings are yet to conjure a goal, but there has been no shortage of drama, with red cards and the woodwork hit with regularity.
14/09/2005 Villarreal 0-0 Manchester United
There were chances at both ends before Wayne Rooney's sending-off midway through the second half swung things in Villarreal's favour. The Yellow Submarine could not find the breakthrough, however, Marcos Senna's late free-kick skimming the bar.
22/11/2005 Manchester United 0-0 Villarreal
Wayne Rooney fizzed for a United side adjusting to life without Roy Keane, but could not prevent a result that left the Red Devils' hopes hanging in the balance. Defeat by Benfica next time out sealed their fate; Villarreal won the group.
17/09/2008 Manchester United 0-0 Villarreal
Manuel Pellegrini's visitors hit the woodwork through Guille Franco's second-half shot and 20-year-old Jonny Evans's late header also came back off the frame of the goal as the sides kicked off their campaigns with another goalless draw.
25/11/2008 Villarreal 0-0 Manchester United
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo's best efforts – including a half-volley that rattled the bar – and Joan Capdevila's late red card, there was no way through once again. Both sides sealed progress to the round of 16 with a game to spare.
Played for both clubs
Eric Bailly Villarreal 2015–16; Manchester United 2016–
Diego Forlán Manchester United 2002–04; Villarreal 2004–07
Giuseppe Rossi Manchester United 2004–07; Villarreal 2007–13
Antonio Valencia Villarreal 2005–08; Manchester United 2009–19