What's happening at United this week?

Monday 24 May 2021 12:00

Having rounded off the Premier League season on Sunday, attentions turn to the new week and Wednesday evening’s Europa League final for Manchester United.

The Reds will be looking to round off the campaign by picking up silverware in Gdansk and, as well as that game, there are also plenty of notable anniversaries and birthdays at the club over the coming days.

So, here’s everything you need to know for this huge week at United…
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90 in 20: Wolves 1 United 2

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With the Premier League season done and dusted, our full focus will turn to Wednesday evening’s Europa League final against Villarreal in Gdansk. The Reds will fly out to Poland as preparations properly step up prior to our midweek meeting with the Spanish side.

On the subject of Europa League finals, we’ll be live streaming a full re-run of our 2017 triumph over Ajax on its four-year anniversary, as well as wishing a very happy birthday to women’s team winger Leah Galton and club legend Eric Cantona. Many happy returns, both!


Having arrived in Poland, the Reds will get a look at the pitch that will host the final - the Stadion Energa Gdansk - as the excitement and tension will start to mount. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold a press conference and two of the players will also preview the big one. We expect to hear from the boss around 15:30 BST.

Elsewhere, the England squad for the European Championship is reportedly due to be announced around lunchtime. Fingers crossed for the Reds who are hoping to be involved.

On this day in 1963, United lifted the FA Cup by beating Leicester City, this year's victors, 3-1 at Wembley.


We'll have the best build-up throughout the day on all our official channels as United bid to win the first trophy of Ole's reign. We'll be hearing from a number of players and looking back on how the Reds reached the final, while also discussing the all-important team selection.

It's also a big anniversary for all United fans - not only was Sir Matt Busby born on 26 May but, of course, we came from behind to win the Treble by defeating Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Nou Camp in 1999. Ole will perhaps spare a moment to recall that one while focusing on the task in hand. 

It is also the anniversary of the 1983 FA Cup success against Brighton & Hove Albion, a 4-0 replay win which featured a couple of goals for super skipper Bryan Robson.


Who knows what the day will bring? Hopefully, we'll be reacting to a Europa League victory and marking the occasion properly. There are other repercussions to consider, such as a place in Pot One for the 2021/22 Champions League group-stage draw and also a UEFA Super Cup final against either Manchester City or Chelsea in August.

Let's hope we are in a celebratory mood!

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson's documentary Never Give In will be released in cinemas.

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Thank you to the United supporters

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On this day in history, our former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar retired after a glorious career which included the memorable shoot-out save from Nicolas Anelka to win the 2008 Champions League on that rainy night in Moscow.


We'll kick off the voting for this season's last Player of the Month award. Who will come out on top in our May poll?

It's the anniversary of our first European triumph - the 1968 European Cup win over Benfica, when Bobby Charlton lifted the trophy after scoring twice to help clinch a 4-1 extra-time triumph over the Portuguese side at Wembley. That means it's Brian Kidd's birthday, who netted in that final on the day he turned 19.

Another big moment in our history fell on this date in 1902, when the club's name was changed from Newton Heath to Manchester United.

Also on Saturday, we'll be wishing many happy returns to United Women star Tobin Heath and discovering if Brentford or Swansea City will be on our Premier League fixture list next season, after those clubs contest the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Sir Alex's Never Give In film will be available to watch on Amazon Prime.


Our Goal of the Month poll will open for May - Edinson Cavani's long-ranger against Fulham is certainly going to take some beating!

As we approach the end of the month, and a Bank Holiday Monday in the UK, it will be time to take stock. June is a time when the transfer window is open, players' contracts expire and there could be plenty of movement up and down the country with plans already starting to take shape for the 2021/22 season.