The countdown to the gala Europa League Final 2017 between Ajax and Manchester United has already begun. Both teams are in vehement form this season – a team holding its nerve till the end at the big finale day at friends arena in Stockholm would be eventually crowned as the New Europa League Champion 2017.
This is the fifth time both Ajax and Manchester United will be at loggerheads against each other. In their previous four face-offs, both teams have won 2-2 matches each.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will expect some good shows from its players. However, the team will miss the service of its iconic players; Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney – both are recuperating from their respective injuries.
Team News for Manchester United (MU)
Pogba’s performance will be crucial to the English side as he already scored two goals in the tournament. Pogba is a proven performer and his influence in the Italian champions Juventus team was humongous. He has appeared in 14 Europa league games so far and his performance has been a dazzling one. The Red Devils have cruised into the final of the Europa League for the first time in the history.
It is going to be a fantastic finale between Manchester United and Ajax. The two behemoths of the European football teams are determined to set up a nail-biting football finale in front of the Jam-packed crowd and frenzied football fans in Stockholm. Strong team efforts from Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford are a necessity if Manchester want to lift the trophy.
Old Trafford Manager Jose Mourinho will aim to slam down the Dutch from the very start. Considering the enormous amount of tension in this high voltage drama, even 1 or 2 goals at critical moment could be a decisive factor.
Manchester United have scored 23 goals en route to the final while conceding 8 goals to opponents, on the other hand, Peter Bosz’s side has scored 24 goals but conceded 15 goals to opponents on their way into the big finale. It could be a big psychological advantage to the English side.
Team News for Ajax AFC
It is after 15 years that the Dutch side entered into the Europa League Final. Last time, they featured in the title clash was in 2002. Ajax have won their last European trophy in 1995 beating Milan in the 1995 Champions League Final.
Can Ajax lift the Europa League Trophy after 22 years?
In the words of Peter Bosz, “The five-second rule is something that if you lose the ball, this is the best moment to get the ball back again. The opponent needs more or less five seconds to get in the right positions. We have to get it back right away.” So, Ajax’s defense is likely to top their agenda at the finale.
Despite being a fantastic team, Ajax lacks the player of Pogba’s caliber. Most of the players of Ajax comprises of the relatively inexperienced players. Average age of the team’s players is just 22. Fans, however, can expect some rock solid performance from Sanchez, Dolberg and Kluivert – they are in sublime form and can shatter Manchester’s finale dream.
Predicted Playing XI of Both Teams
Ajax: Younes, Dolberg, Traore, Ziyech, Schone, Klaassen, Sinkgraven, De Ligt, Sanchez, Veltman and Onana.
Manchester United: Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Pogba, Herrera, Fellani, Darmian, Blind, Jones, Valencia and Romero.
Match Result Prediction Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Ajax FC
Venue: Friends Arena, Stockholm. The match will telecast live from 00.15 IST 25th May/ 20.45 CET 24th May
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The big spoiler alert before the gala title match is Nich Viergever of Ajax and Eric Bailly of Manchester United will stay suspended in the Europa League Title match .
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