Videos circulating on social media showed a group of what appeared to be local individuals, dressed mostly in dark clothing, singing and running from a bar in town, leaving tables and chairs overturned.
United have confirmed they are helping victims of the attack, with the club issuing the following statement on Wednesday: “Club staff were assisting a number of United supporters in Gdansk last night and today after an incident in which some of our supporters were attacked outside a bar in the city. “
An eyewitness said Sky Sports News: “A Polish gang of thugs came in all black masks and they threw bottles, kicked and punched, they ransacked the whole bar. Disturbing scenes. “
Another United fan in Gdansk said: “One of them came up to me, pushed me to the ground and started stomping on me a few times. Luckily my dad came and helped me out, but yeah, it wasn’t very nice. A little worrying. ”
A third supporter recalled: “You don’t expect to see something like this in a final, we are all here for a good time, we had a joke with the Spanish fans without any problem and it comes out of nowhere . “
Local mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz condemned the attack on a group of 20 to 30 fans, saying in a statement posted on Facebook that Gdansk was an open city with no room for violence.
“Yesterday there was a rogue attack on the supporters of the teams that came to the Europa League final,” Dulkiewicz wrote.
“In Gdansk, an open and united city, there is no room for any form of violence!
“Dear fans and guests, you are always welcome and we welcome you to our city! “
Bart Barski de Visit Gdansk Told Sky Sports News: “We are the company responsible for promoting the city and we are very sad and disappointed with this situation but we hope that this will not ruin the general reputation of this city which is very friendly.
“The people are very friendly, we have fantastic architecture and millions of people come here every year, so we strongly believe it was just one serious incident.”
Witnesses said the attackers were heard shouting the name of local football club Lechia. Police said they were analyzing video footage of the incident.
United and Villarreal each received 2,000 tickets to the final, with supporters having to adhere to strict coronavirus protocols and travel requirements when preparing for the match. The club organized charter flights from London and Manchester for those who had tickets.
There is a maximum of 9,500 spectators allowed for the centerpiece, just under 25% of the capacity of Stadion Gdansk.
United are on a quest to reclaim the Europa League – which they first won in 2017 after beating Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a game of winning his first silver as a United manager.