Man Utd in Europa League final: Two Premier League sides played more

Man Utd in Europa League final: Two Premier League sides played more

A year ago, Ajax could dominate possession but struggled to stamp its authority on quality opponents. After all you wouldn't expect the chief executive of Ajax to be rooting for any team but his own.

What has he changed to achieve the turnaround?

What's more, 18 of the last 22 Champions League and Europa League finals have gone the way of the side we have ranked higher in our gradings.

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'Even when I was out of the team at the start he gave me confidence I would get in if I was training and playing well. They do it by themselves, but maybe I can be a very good means for my players.

That philosophy is hardly new to Ajax. And that we play the way we used to do in the 1970s, and later in the 1990s.

Having hung up his gloves after United lost the Champions League final to Barcelona in 2011, Van der Sar embarked on a post-retirement path to the boardroom instead of the dugout.

The Armenia global moved to Manchester United in a £30m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window following Mourinho's appointment as manager. And you know, he was Manchester United keeper for a long time.

"Those words just made it like, "No, this is the guy - we're going to do everything we can".

The injury plagued defender, who has appeared 26 times in all competitions for United this season, has returned to form and fitness recently and is due to get the nod ahead of Chris Smalling for the clash with Ajax.

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The final will not, however, be a glorious homecoming for United s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"We know Champions League football is the end goal, but we need to earn the right to be in the Champions League by winning on Wednesday night". Dolberg scored a goal in each leg of Ajax's semifinal victory over Lyon.

"This season I've thoroughly enjoyed it under him".

But a sixth-place finish is lower than Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal managed in his two seasons, which concluded with fourth and fifth places. "A club of their size and grandeur need to play more often in European finals".

'He always has something good to show us.

"But I think the best debut for a young player is in the middle of an experienced structure, where he can be supported". "We believe that experience isn't everything".

"You've got 100,000 requests for tickets and you only have 10,000, so what are you doing to deal with all of that?"

He may have known little about him when he called him into the squad, but Van Gaal quickly identified his talent and gave him the opportunity to flourish. But the coach has repeatedly complained that his team's hectic schedule this season is taking a toll on his players - the final in Stockholm will be United's 64th match of the season.

Peter Bosz never played for Ajax, but their great sides of the 1970s and 1980s had a huge influence on the 53-year-old and he was determined to stick to their principles when he took charge of the club last summer.

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