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Manchester United may be a club with larger ambitions than the Europa League but that does not stop this game being a huge one for them. Every player and every fan will want to get their hands on this European title, especially as it comes with the added bonus of a spot in next season’s Champions League. It’s also the only major piece of silverware the Red Devils don’t have in their collection. If he’s able to complete the set then it’s fair to say that Jose Mourinho’s first season as United manager will have been a positive one.
Ajax on the other hand have won this trophy before, back in the days when it was known as the UEFA Cup in 1992. The former giants of European football probably wouldn’t have expected to stand such a good chance of another title though given their incredibly youthful squad. While they didn’t enjoy domestic success this season, the future looks very bright for a side which has an average age of just 22 years. Manager Peter Bosz has a lot of faith in his side but insists he is feeling no pressure despite the big occasion. For a manager without a piece of silverware in 12 years, he looks very at ease with the situation he finds himself in.
This clash really is between two very contrasting sides. Mourinho’s strong defence and safety first approach against an Ajax side who believe that attack is the best form of defence. The Dutch side may find that their style is exploited by Mourinho who has built his reputation on big matches like these. In a game with so much pressure, the more experienced manager with his more experienced players look the more likely to be the ones lifting the trophy and could well do so without needing extra time.
After seeing red in the second leg of the semi-final, Eric Bailly, will be forced to sit out this game along with several other injured United defenders. Mourinho has been forced to use a makeshift back four for much of the season but it rarely leaves United vulnerable at the back. Sergio Romero will be chosen in goal and the Argentine has proven himself to be a very capable alternative to David De Gea. He’s helped United not concede more than one goal in any of their last 10 European games. Ajax may have notched up 13 in their last six Europa League contests but up against a defence better than any they have faced before, there is a big danger they could fire blank here.