The 2021 Europa League Final team sheets are out and both Manchester United and Villarreal will be hoping to lift the trophy in Poland tonight. The 9000 fans are filing into the stadium in Gdansk for Villarreal vs Manchester United. Make sure you know how to watch a UEFA Europa League Final live stream for free or in 4K today, wherever you are in the world.
The Villarreal vs Manchester United team news is in. David de Gea starts in goal with a defence of Bailly, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw. McTominay and Pogba patrol the middle with Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani in attack. Harry Maguire makes the bench.
Villarreal take the field without 21-year-old winger Samuel Chukwueze who has not recovered in time from the hamstring injury sustained in their Europa League semi-final second leg. Tottenham loanee defender Juan Foyth has passed a fitness test, though, and starts at right back. Carlos Bacca partners star striker Gerard Moreno in attack.
Man United knocked out Real Sociedad, AC Milan and Granada to make it to the semi-final of the Europa League. Despite going 3-2 down in the second leg against Roma, United held their nerve to win 8-5 on aggregate and book their place in the Gdansk showcase. Can United go on to end their longest run without a trophy since the late 1980s?
Villarreal finished a disappointing seventh in La Liga and would love the win to guarantee top flight European football next season as well as the trophy. The Yellow Submarine shocked Arsenal in the semi-finals to scupper an all-English Europa League final and all-English Champions League showdown. Having notched up three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, Villarreal coach Unai Emery will be keen to add a fourth to his tally today.
"We deserve to play this final and we will put on our best performance and show we want to fight against Manchester United for this title," said Emery.
It's an 8pm kick-off in Gdańsk today. Lucky football fans in the UK can watch the Europa League Final for free on the BT Sport YouTube channel. Make sure to use a VPN, if needed, when travelling outside UK for access.
Read on for more details on how to watch a UEFA Europa League Final live stream in 4K and for free wherever you are in the world.
Europa League Final free live stream
UK broadcaster BT Sport is airing the 2021 Europa League Final for free. Viewers in the UK can watch the full game of Villarreal vs Manchester United plus all the build up coverage for free live on the BT Sport YouTube channel from 7pm BST. You can also tune in on the BT Sport website or by using the BT Sports app on smart TVs, the Xbox One and Apple TV too.
If you're a UK citizen trying to watch from abroad, then make sure to use a VPN so that you can access the BT Sport Europa League Final free live stream wherever you are in the world. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Full details on how to use a VPN below.
Watch the Europa League Final anywhere in the world using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Europa League Final rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
US: Europa League Final live stream for $5.99
Soccer fans in the States can watch the UEFA Europa League Final – and the Champions League Final on the 29th May – live through Paramount Plus. The first 7 days are free. After that, you'll pay $5.99 a month. No contract. Bargain, right?
Of course, Paramount Plus is only available within the US. Stuck abroad? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
Watch the Europa League Final in Australia
If you're in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport provides live coverage of the Europa League, Champions League and Premier League for just AU$14.99 per month or AU$68 for six months.
It's a great way to see Villarreal vs Man Utd in the Europa League Final on 26th May, not to mention the all-English Champions League final the following Saturday.
Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.
You can download the Optus Sport app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Optus Sport live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox.
Watch the Europa League Final in the UK
Rights to show the UEFA Europa League Final between Villarreal and Manchester United in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you'll also be able to watch the Champions League.
BT Sport is offering their coverage on the BT Sport app, the BT Sport website and the BT Sport YouTube channel for free. You can also sign up to a BT Sport package and view on BT Sport 1 HD and BT Sport Ultimate.
New BT broadband and BT TV customers get access to some great deals including BT Sport while existing BT customers can upgrade to the sport channels for as little as £10 per month.
Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £30 a month, but that will not include any 4K viewing. It's also worth looking out for bundled Sky Sports and BT Sport deals.
However you subscribe to BT Sport, though, you will get access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN .
Watch the Europa League Final in 4K
You can watch the Europa League Final in 4K HDR, beamed at 50fps on BT Sport Ultimate, channel 433. If you're hooked up specifically on the BT TV platform then it's also available in with Dolby Atmos sound.
BT Sport Ultimate fixtures are also available, minus the Atmos, for Virgin Media customers who subscribe to the BT Sport Collection. You can enjoy it in 4K HDR on channel 531.
Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they're getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £57 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.
BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or a Samsung TV can watch the Europa League final in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass. No contract required.
Europe: Watch the Europa League live stream on DAZN
Football fans in Austria, Canada and Germany get the chance to watch the UEFA Europa League final for free. DAZN has the rights to show the Europa and Champions Leagues and a whole host of sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a free trial. So long as you've not used yours already, then you can fill your boots.
Sadly the DAZN free trial isn't available to those outside these regions. If you are a DAZN customer but travelling abroad, simply use a VPN to access a Villarreal vs Man Utd live stream without being blocked.
It's also worth noting that there are free streams on terrestrial channels such Match TV in Russia, if that's where you happen to be. You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show the live Europa League football here.
Europa League Fixtures
Wednesday 26th April 2021
2021 UEFA Europa League final: Villarreal vs Man Utd – 8pm BST
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