Europa League Final 2021: Villarreal vs Man Utd - Live stream, TV channel and how to watch on BT Sport

Find out how to watch the Europa League Final 2021: Villarreal vs Man Utd exclusively live on BT Sport. From kick-off to when & where, discover how to watch this year’s UEFA Europa League climax.

Published: 26 May 2021 - 1.59pm

Villarreal will take on Manchester United in the 2021 Europa League final.

Unai Emery steered the Spanish side to a first-ever Europa League final at the expense of his former side Arsenal, while United overcame Roma 8-5 on aggregate in two highly-entertaining semi-finals.

The result means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will contest his first cup final since taking charge of the Red Devils, with a real chance to claim silverware in a competition United won for the first time in their history back in 2017.

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Find out all you need to know about watching the Europa League final on Wednesday 26 May, exclusively live on BT Sport once again, by reading on or jumping to a section below.

Match preview

How to watch on digital devices

How to watch on TV set-top boxes

What if I can't watch live?

Villarreal vs Man Utd: Match preview

All eyes now turn to Gdansk, where Solskjaer has the chance to claim a maiden trophy as United manager against La Liga side Villarreal.

It’s been quite the European journey for the Red Devils this campaign. Drawn into a tricky Champions League group featuring Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir, United crashed out in third place despite wins over all three.

The third-placed finish saw them drop into the Europa League round of 32 and from there they’ve barely put a foot wrong.

They beat Real Sociedad, AC Milan, Granada and Roma in each of the knockout rounds, scoring 18 goals in the process, to qualify for Wednesday’s final.

It represents progress from last season’s semi-final exit to eventual winners Sevilla, but Solskjaer will hardly be satisfied just with making it to the final hurdle.

The man in the opposite dugout, though, knows all there is to know about Europa League success.

Villarreal manager Emery has lifted the trophy on three occasions – all with Sevilla – more than any other coach since the competition’s rebranding.

Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb fell to The Yellow Submarine before Emery secured a satisfying victory over his former employers Arsenal in the semi-finals. The Spanish outfit may have finished seventh domestically but they possess some serious dangermen in their ranks.

Spain international Gerard Moreno has scored 29 in all competitions this season, while his strike partner Paco Alcacer has chipped in with 12 of his own.

On the wing Samuel Chukwueze is a serious threat, as Arsenal’s makeshift left-back Granit Xhaka discovered earlier this month, while seasoned campaigners Daniel Parejo and Pau Torres provide a solid spine to Emery’s team.

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Yet for all Villarreal’s talent and Emery’s Europa League experience, they head to the Stadion Miejski as rank outsiders to triumph over their more illustrious opponents.

United kept rivals and Premier League champions Manchester City honest this season with a second-placed finish and ended the league campaign without a single away defeat.

Veteran forward Edinson Cavani has been firmly among the goals with nine in his previous ten matches, none more spectacular than last week’s long-range effort against Fulham, while Bruno Fernandes has perhaps been the best player in the Europa League since entering at the round of 32 stage.

Concerns over a packed fixture schedule - the Europa League final is United’s seventh game in 20 days - have been eased thanks to some smart rotation from Solskjaer.

It means the pressure will be firmly on the Red Devils on the Baltic coast, as they bid to lift the trophy they claimed under Jose Mourinho back in 2017.

Where is the 2021 Europa League final being played?

The final is being played at Stadion Miejski in Gdansk, Poland. It is the home of Polish top-division side Lechia Gdansk.

How to watch the 2021 Europa League final

Our coverage of the showpiece event gets underway on Wednesday 26 May at 6.30pm with build-up, insight and analysis from our stellar panel of European football experts ahead of kick-off at 8pm.

What TV channel is the 2021 Europa League final on?

Coverage of the final is on BT Sport 1 HD and in ultra-high definition on BT Sport Ultimate from 6.30pm.

BT Sport Ultimate uses the latest streaming technology to bring you closer to the action. With events showing in HDR, 4K and 4K HDR, you’ll get the best pictures possible on your device.

The match is also available to live stream on the BT Sport app or on btsport.com - full details below.

How to watch the 2021 Europa League final on digital devices

BT Sport app (mobile, tablet, smart TVs and consoles)

Anyone in the UK can watch the Europa League final with the award-winning BT Sport app, available to download on mobiles, tablets, selected smart devices and games consoles*.

A link to the live stream will be available at the top of the homepage when our coverage gets underway at 6.30pm.

With the enhanced video player featuring an interactive timeline, watching on mobiles or tablets truly offers the most immersive viewing experience for the Europa League final.

BT Sport subscribers, meanwhile, can enjoy all the action in stunning 4K HDR** or watch the game with up to three friends on mobile devices thanks to our groundbreaking new Watch Together feature.

We'll also be offering brand new timeline functionality for subscribers tuning in on smart TVs and consoles.

The BT Sport app is available to download for free and offers far more than just live streaming, with a huge catalogue of premium video and brilliant editorial features.

*The BT Sport app will show the final for free on the following large-screen platforms/devices and games consoles: Samsung Smart TVs (2015 onwards), Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra, Xbox One (X and S), Playstation 4 & 5, Fire TV, Android TV, NOW, Roku, Google Chromecast and Netgem.

**The Europa League final will be shown in 4K HDR. Anyone intending to watch in 4K HDR will need a BT Sport subscription and the BT Sport app on compatible mobiles and tablets, Samsung Smart TVs (2015 onwards), Xbox, PlayStation 4 Pro, Fire TV, Android TV, NOW, Roku or Google Chromecast. Apple TV users can watch in 4K or HDR, while a 4K stream will also be available on Netgem.

btsport.com (laptop, mobile and tablet)

The Europa League final will also be available on btsport.com for laptop viewers, again via the acclaimed enhanced video player.

All you have to do is open this live stream page at 6.30pm. Once you've checked out the latest form, line-ups and brilliant BT Sport preview content, you can hit 'Watch Live' to get straight to the heart of the action.

If you'd prefer to watch on your phone or tablet but don't want to download the BT Sport app, subscribers can watch all the action on btsport.com with our standard web mobile player right here.

How to watch the 2021 Europa League final on TV set-top boxes

Again, there are a number of ways to watch the Europa League final on TV set-top boxes. 

BT TV customers can tune in on channel 430 (HD) or 433 (4K UHD). On Sky, customers should go to channel 413 (HD), while non-customers can add BT Sport to their TV subscription.

The action will also be free to watch on Virgin Media set-top boxes on channel 532 (HD) or 533 (4K UHD).

Will Villarreal vs Man Utd be shown on YouTube?

Yes. A 4K UHD live stream of the game will be available to all on BT Sport's YouTube channel.

Who are the 2021 Europa League final presenters and pundits?

Jake Humphrey will present BT Sport's live coverage, with analysis provided by former United stars Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes, as well as ex-United apprentice Robbie Savage.

What if I can't watch the 2021 Europa League final live?

No problem. A highlights package of the clash will be made available to all shortly after the game on both the BT Sport app and btsport.com. We'll also publish in-game clips throughout the 90 minutes.

A full replay of the match will be accessible on all digital devices immediately after the live broadcast concludes.

There will also be several opportunities to watch the match in full on TV and online after the event. For more information on the latest listings, check out our TV Guide.