Manchester United remain fairly confident of getting their hands on the Europa League trophy in the final against Ajax, but their recent outings suggest they will be tested by the Eredivisie outfit.
Indeed, while Jose Mourinho’s men largely breezed into the final against the likes of Anderlecht and Celta Vigo, they did ride their luck on occasion with the relative minnows perhaps testing them more than they would have liked during the respective second-legs played at Old Trafford.
While arriving at the final in Solna at the tail end of a season in which they have played an unprecedented number of games, a young and effervescent Ajax team are similarly believed capable of testing a United team missing their pillar at the back, Eric Bailly, with their quality.
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Though United have conceded only four goals during their 10-game unbeaten run to the final, the loss of Bailly through suspension could prove costly and a talented Ajax attack will be sure to probe for any weaknesses. No player has recorded more shots on target this season in this competition than Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore, who is out to make the final his and prove his worth to his parent club.
The striker has proven so successful in his stint at the Amsterdam side given the creative potential behind him. Hakim Ziyech has recorded four assists in his last three European appearances for Ajax, Amin Younes has completed more dribbles, 73 in total, in the Europa League this season than the next two best players combined (Paul Pogba, 37 and Traore, 31) and teen Kasper Dolberg’s haul of six strikes establish him as the perfect foil for Traore while putting potential suitors around Europe on alert.
Though the threat posed by Ajax is real, United will rightfully focus on the damage they can do against their inexperienced opponents - the Dutch have their share of defensive problems - and ought to have enough in the tank to emerge victorious in a tight encounter that will likely see goals score at both ends.
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