Ajax v Manchester United Preview and Tips
Who will come out on top in this weekend's Europa League Final?
May 22nd, 2017
Jose Mourinho has enjoyed some success in his first season at Old Trafford, his Red Devils side winning the EFL Cup earlier in the campaign. Nevertheless the United boss will be desperate for bigger things and he will be presented with a chance to steer United back onto the big stage when they come up against Ajax in the Europa League Final on Wednesday evening.
Manchester United tend to do things the hard way and this season’s competition has proven to be no exception. The Red Devils made it into the knockout stage of the Europa League despite suffering some unfortunate away defeats in the group stages, however it hasn’t been plain sailing since then. OK so their last defeat in the tournament was in November when they lost to Fenerbahce, however they only just scraped past Rostov 2-1 in the last sixteen and extra-time was needed to see off Anderlecht in the quarter-finals. Celta Vigo put up stiff resistance in the semis and United will face a very tough challenge when they go head-to-head with Ajax in the final.
For their part, Ajax have impressed at home in this competition but their form on the road goes against them with Peter Bosz’s side losing their last three Europa League away games. Indeed Ajax have enjoyed just two wins on foreign soil and we’re not optimistic about their chances in Stockholm this week.
Mourinho’s European record speaks for itself with three wins in three major European finals and we believe that he will add a fourth on Wednesday evening. United may have been far from impressive in their recent Premier League outings but Mourinho made it clear that the Europa League was his main priority and we should expect a thorough performance from the Red Devils this weekend.
That said, United’s strong point in this competition certainly hasn’t been in defence and we expect the Dutch side to find a way past and score what will be a consolation goal or two, however at the other end we’ll be looking to Henrikh Mkhitaryan to find the net for the Red Devils given that he has managed five goals in his last eight Europa League outings.