Aston Villa: New manager Unai Emery’s ‘dream’ is to win the trophy

Unai Emery’s first two games in charge of Aston Villa will be against Manchester United – at home to the Premier League on Sunday and in the third round of the EFL Cup at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Unai Emery says winning silverware is at the top of his to-do list as new Aston Villa manager before taking the club to Europe.

The 51-year-old Spaniard was speaking ahead of his first game at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

He is entering his second season in the Premier League, having previously managed Arsenal between May 2018 and November 2019.

“My dream is to win a trophy with Aston Villa,” said the former Villarreal boss.

“In the beginning it’s my personal challenge. My second dream, my goal will be to play in Europe.”

Emery took Arsenal to the 2019 Europa League final, and they He lost 4-1 against Chelseabut he missed out on qualifying for the Champions League after finishing fifth in his only full season in charge.

He was sacked in November 2019, after just 18 months at the helm, following poor results.

The Spaniard is very successful in European competitions, taking him to Seville Three consecutive Europa League titlesBetween 2014 and 2016.

After leaving Arsenal, he went on to help La Liga side Villareal win their first European title. They beat Manchester United 11-10 on penalties After seeing off the Gunners in the last four of the 2021 Europa League final.

Now he hopes to use that experience to help Aston Villa succeed, who have not won a trophy since lifting the League Cup in 1996.

“I’ve played against a lot of teams in the world,” said Emery, who was appointed Villa manager. After Steven Gerrard was sacked. “England teams, for me, are a big challenge to play against. The Premier League is now maybe the number one league in the world.

“Each team gave us some experience playing against them when I was at Arsenal. I learned playing in Europe for 15 years in a row against a lot of English teams.

“I’m happy to be here. I decided to come here because it’s a great project and our plan will be together, step by step.

“I want to improve here, help with my experiences.”

His first focus, however, is the games against Manchester United. After taking on Erik ten Hag’s side as Villa manager in their first Premier League game on Sunday, they travel to Old Trafford on Thursday for their EFL Cup third-round tie.

“We only have to start thinking about the next game because we are not in a good position in the table,” said Emery, with Villa 16th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation places, having lost three of their last four games and won just one. Three out of 13 games all season.

“Each game will give us a lot of information about the players. I want to test them individually and as a team. The next game is my only focus.”

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