Four things spotted in Manchester United training as Amad moment sends fans wild

Manchester United have put their final preparations in place ahead of tonight's Europa League final vs Villarreal at the Gdansk Stadium ...

Manchester United have put their final preparations in place ahead of tonight's Europa League final vs Villarreal at the Gdansk Stadium (8pm).



It's the final countdown for Manchester United as they prepare to embrace the build-up to tonight's crunch Europa League showdown with Villarreal.

Having booked their flight to Gdansk at the expense of Italian side Roma, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his squad are 90 minutes away from winning a first trophy since 2017.

Of course, victory would also mark Solskjaer's maiden success after stepping into the Old Trafford hot-seat in 2019.

With just a few hours to go until kick-off in Poland, United have fine-tuned their preparations and they are ready to get to down to business against La Liga opponents, managed by a familiar face in former Arsenal coach Unai Emery.

Here are four things we spotted during United's open training session at the final venue yesterday afternoon.

Having recovered from an unknown injury ahead of the final day Premier League clash against Wolves, Dan James laid down a marker during yesterday afternoon's training game in Gdansk.

Indeed, the Welshman netted twice in front of the watching media - a decisive contribution as United divided up into two teams for their last-minute preparations.

At half-time in that exercise, James was spotted trying to splash the overhead drone camera with his water bottle. Perhaps he's practising his aim for the champagne popping at 10pm tonight?

Maguire set to miss Gdansk final


Ever since being felled under challenge from Aston Villa player Anwar El Ghazi earlier this month, United's captain has been lodged in a race against time to feature in the Europa League showpiece.

On the evidence of training yesterday afternoon, Harry Maguire has lost that particular race.

Having been at least expected to test out his ankle injury, the 28-year-old instead watched on from the dugout as his chances of leading out the players all-but ended.

Amad's assist

A feature of United's charge in this particular competition has been the introduction of a new wave of talent such as January signing Amad plus academy graduates Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga - among others.

Once again, the next generation mixed it with senior pros here, with Amad looking particularly sharp as he looks to catch Solskjaer's eye on the eve of the final.

Given the magnitude of this game, you would expected United to revert to 'Plan A' when it comes to selection.

However, one superb assist from Amad - threading it through to James with his left foot - is enough to indicate the former Atalanta prospect might just have a role to play from the bench.

It was a moment that

'If Paul is here, everyone is here'


"If Paul is here, everyone is here."

Ahead of kick-off in the training game, the United manager was heard making a tongue-in-cheek remark about his French World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba, with regards to his tendency for being the last player out of the changing room.

It drew a little chuckle from the rest of the group, and Solskjaer himself, underlining the team spirit which has been created and nurtured by the Norwegian manager.

Such a big European final is no laughing matter, but the relaxed and focused mindset in the United squad right now will only stand them in good stead tonight.




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