After the despair of Monday’s events, Manchester United have the chance to bring some pride back to Manchester.
Ajax however stands between tem and the Europa League trophy plus Champions League football next season.
Jose Mourinho has a fresh squad available after resting several players during Sunday‘s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Daley Blind, Andre Herrera and Marcus Rashford are all expected to start whilst Wayne Rooney drops out.
Defenders, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly are ruled out alongside home hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ajax have no injuries to report having not played since 14th May. They’re expected to start Chelsea loanee, Bertrand Traore and 19 year old Kasper Dolberg.
Freshness is key
If there’s one thing that could determine who lifts the trophy, then it will be how fresh each team are.
Ajax definitely will be confident of getting victory, having not played for over a week. In turn, they will of studied Man U hard to work out how to beat them here.
Mourinho however has counteracted any possible advantage by fielding the kids for their last two league games.
As the night wears on and if extra time is needed, we will see who got extra energy within them to be heroes.
Battle of the young forwards
The most interesting battle lies up front as two young stars lead the lines for both finalists.
Dolberg has been on fire this season scoring 23 goals altogether. Six of those goals have come in the Europa League so expect him to be an issue for United’s back four.
The Red Devils however have a quiet assassin in 19 year old Rashford, who has played either on the wing or up front this season.
With 11 goals across all competitions, he will be keen to add to that tally. Only one of those goals have come in Europe putting extra pressure on his young shoulders.
With rumours of Antoine Griezmann joining and Ibrahimovic set to sign a new contract, the youngster will want to be a hero and give Jose a tough decision as to who will be leading the lines next season.
There have only been four meetings between these sides with no draws. Both sides have two wins apiece making this tough to call.
Realistically it’s going to come down to how fresh each player is, which just swings things Ajax’s way.
The Dutch side however got a squad age average of 22 years old. This could well work against them here against a side with various levels of experience in them.
United will also have extra motivation here after Monday’s terror attack to go and win the trophy.
On that note, I reckon that United will probably do it unless they do a France of last year’s UEFA Euros and blow it in extra time.
Prediction: Ajax 1-2 Manchester United AET
Result: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United (In normal time)