The two teams made it into the final four of the European competition, and Paul Scholes is concerned about Arsenal’s advantage who might cruise past Manchester United if the two teams meet in the Europa final.
Paul Scholes thinks Arsenal’s experience in big games could be enough to hurt Manchester United if the sides meet in the Europa League final.
The Red Devils will take on Italian Roma in the semi-finals after comfortably beating Granada 4-0 on aggregate, whereas the Gunners will face Villarreal after cruising through with an emphatic 5-1 against Slavia Prague.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to get through to his first final as manager of United, just AS Roma standing the Norweigian path.
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Scholes thinks Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has managerial experience in a major final with his Gunners team beating Manchester City in the FA Cup last August and beating Liverpool in the Community shield.
Scholes thinks this could play into Arsenal’s advantage should United meet them in the Europa League final.
Speaking to BT Sports, Scholes said:
“That would be great. Arsenal, playing against them, you’d fancy them to win that.
“Any team left in this competition, they wouldn’t worry about it.
“The one thing Arsenal do have is the experience of winning a big game, they beat City in an FA Cup final with Arteta.
“They’ve not been great this year, but that would worry you slightly. I still think United will win it, though.”
The Red Devils will be looking for their first major honor since Jose Mourinho was in charge, where the Manchester club lifted the Europa League trophy, with a victory in the final against Ajax in 2017.
If Solskjaer was able to guide United to a second triumph in the competition, then it would cap off a season of progression on the pitch for the club.
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Paul Scholes is concerned about Arsenal’s advantage who might cruise past Manchester United if the two teams meet in the Europa final.