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Francis Coquelin says Europa League win over Manchester United was “revenge” over Alex Ferguson

Speaking to RMC Sport ahead of Villarreal’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, French midfielder Francis Coquelin has discussed the Spanish side’s European exploits so far.

The former Arsenal notably speaks of last year’s Europa League final win over Manchester United, which he saw as “revenge” over Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former manager had spoken of the midfielder’s role in an 8-2 loss in 2011 for the Gunners in his autobiography, stating that “he was completely out of his depth. I had hardly heard of him and he barely played again”.

“It was a bit of revenge, because when I made my Arsenal debut we lost 8-2 at Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson criticised me a bit in his biography, so it was a nice little turnaround to win the Europa League against them.”

“Plus I think he was in the stands as well, so lifting the trophy in front of him was nice. I was looking for him, he must have seen me.”

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