Super Eagles legend Nwankwo Kanu leads Nigerians celebrity to congratulate message to Samuel Chukwueze after Villarreal beating Manchester United 11-10 on penalties following 1-1 draw at the end of regular time to win 2020-21 Europa League on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international did not recover in time for the game and he watched on from the bench as Unai Emery’s men as Red Devils did not start well and fell behind to a soft goal from Gerard Moreno.

Edinson Cavani dragged Manchester United level 10 minutes into the second period after a Marcus Rashford shot had been deflected into his path

Premier League runner up failed to build on that momentum and by the end, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was introducing Juan Mata and Alex Telles purely to take penalties in the shootout but De Gea had failed to convert his spot kick after he uneable save any of the previous 21 penalties.

Emery has now won a record fourth Europa League title after picking titles at Sevilla as Manchester United have now gone four seasons without a trophy.

Wednesday’s victory made Chukwueze the latest Nigerian player to win silverware this season after Asisat Oshoala, Kelechi Iheanacho Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Paul Onuachu.

However, Super Eagles legend Kanu, Aisiat Oshoala, Peter Okoye lead Nigerians to send a congratulatory message to Chukwueze and his Villareal teammates after winning Europa League to joins an elite group of Nigeria internationals – Kanu, Finidi George, Mikel John Obi, Victor Moses, Taribo West and Chidi Odiah to date – to have won a European trophy.

 

 

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