Wednesday night sees Manchester United take on Ajax in the Europa League final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Ajax won the trophy under its former guise as the UEFA Cup in 1992, while Manchester United have never added it to their illustrious trophy cabinet. Who will lift the trophy? I’ve put together my Europa League Final tips and analysis here.
Europa League Final Tips: Manchester United
The Europa League Final is the last match of what has been a long, long season for the Red Devils. Manager Jose Mourinho has made much of how many games his team has had to play, with this game marking the 63rd in all competitions for Manchester United.
Indeed, in their last Premier League game Manchester United played a severely weakened side, with goalscorer Josh Harrop one of four players given their first top flight starts along with Joel Castro Pereira, Demetri Mitchell and Scott McTominay. Young forward Angel Gomes came on late in the game to become their youngest ever Premier League player.
Influential midfielder Paul Pogba was subbed just before the break and the question is if he has picked up a knock before the game. He would be a real loss to Jose Mourinho, having been a real success since his world record £89.3million move back to Old Trafford. There has been talk of him carrying a secret hamstring knock but I think this might be mind games in the run up to the game.
Europa League Final Tips: Ajax
This season has been one of some success for the Amsterdam outfit. They finished second place in the Eredivisie, a single point behind winners Feyenoord, and looked like they were going to stroll to the Europa League final having smashed Lyon 4-1 in the Netherlands.
They have failed to win a game away from Amsterdam in the knockout phases of the Europa League. Since their 0-0 draw with Legia Warsaw in the round of 32 they have gone down 2-1 to FC Copenhagen, 3-2 (after extra time) to Schalke, and 3-1 to Lyon.
Europa League Final Tips: Who will win?
I have to be honest and say that I am going for Manchester United to win this game. I’m a big admirer of Ajax and I think they have a real talent in 17 year old Matthijs de Ligt – but I think that the consistent away defeats in Europe points to a side that don’t quite have what it takes in European competition.
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