Scott McTominay

United Briefing: Scott - This is our chance

Wednesday 26 May 2021 08:00

Scott McTominay says having the opportunity to win the Europa League on Wednesday night is one Manchester United cannot afford to miss, particularly as he feels it could act as an important springboard for success going forward.

The Reds take on Villarreal at Gdansk Stadium with the chance to claim a first piece of silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

McTominay says building momentum and experiencing that trophy-winning feeling is vital for the team and he insists the players know they must take this chance.

"[It's the] spiral effect. It's that experience of knowing we can win, building winners within a team, that winning mentality can't just be brought to us afterwards if we win a trophy," he explained. 

"It has to be there instilled in the players before that, it has to be us going to the final knowing we're going to win, pushing for that trophy. As I say, for us it's a real opportunity."

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The final falls on the same day United famously completed the Treble back in 1999, with Solskjaer of course being the hero of the night when he netted an injury-time winner at the Nou Camp.

And McTominay says the players are determined to win this trophy for their boss and all the staff who work so hard behind the scenes.

"It would be super-special for him," declared Scott. "It'd be so important for us to get that trophy for Ole, to show all of the hard work that him and the coaches have done over the course of the year.

"All the hours that people don't see, all the training sessions, everything the players do and everybody in the building from the staff to players to fans, it would be an incredible day.

“It'll be a big challenge, we know that already,” he continued. “We know it's going to be a tough challenge. We're not naïve to the fact that they are a really good team but we're going there to win, we're going there to put in a performance in as winners and come out with the trophy.”

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It's the big one! United will take on Villarreal in the Europa League final in Gdansk on Wednesday night, with the showpiece event kicking off at 20:00 BST. You can follow the best coverage building up to the final, direct from Gdansk, via our Official App and tune in to MUTV's pre-match show from 18:30 BST. The guests will be Treble winners Wes Brown and Denis Irwin.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aiming to win his first piece of silverware as Reds boss and it somehow seems fitting that tonight's final falls on the anniversary of the Treble - 26 May. That date will always be synonymous with Ole after he famously netted the injury-time winner in our Champions League final triumph against Bayern Munich to seal the unprecedented achievement.

It's also Sir Matt Busby's birthday. Our late, great manager was born on this day in 1909 and just as the team marked his birthday so spectacularly 22 years ago, here's hoping Ole's men can do the same later.

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Solskjaer, Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw addressed the gathered media at the club's pre-match press conference. The manager revealed a decision was still to be made on whether skipper Harry Maguire would play in the final, but the defender didn't train on Tuesday afternoon.

The squad also spent an hour or so training at Gdansk Stadium where Wednesday's final will be played. You can check out our gallery of images from Poland.

Ahead of the final later, sit back and enjoy our highlights video of how we made it to Gdansk.

Gareth Southgate's provisional England squad for Euro 2020 was announced and it includes no fewer than six Reds. Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have all been named in a 33-man group which will be trimmed to 26 next week.