Although we have the FA Cup Final and the Championship playoff final in the same week as this one, two games which might hold precedent for certain fans, this is the big one for followers of the Red Devils, as not only is it the opportunity to pick up some silverware that old Trafford does not own, but also this game will dictate whether Mourinho’s men will be playing in the Champions League next season.
The Portuguese manager made sure that it was known that the reason for United’s downturn in form in the final few games of the season when they were well in with a top 4 shout was because of their chances of qualification in the Europa League.
However, even this hasn’t been any sure fire thing for the reds, as they only managed to beat Celta Vigo in their semi-final leg in extra time through a Marcus Rashford goal. With Ajax having defeated the tougher competition of Lyon in their own semi-final, albeit through a 5-4 thriller over the two legs, Manchester certainly won’t have an easy game on their hands.
The final between the English and Dutch sides is set to take place in Stockholm at the Friends arena, Sweden’s national football stadium on the 24th of May, an all or nothing king of day for United.
On the other hand, Ajax finished 2nd in the Eredivisie, meaning they will have already qualified for the Champions League regardless of the result. However, this does not mean that Ajax won’t be at the races come Wednesday night.
The Dutch side boast a hoast of young talent, and with this being their first European final in 21 years, they will be sure to give their all in an attempt to take the trophy home and beat one of Europe’s most renowned sides.