Manchester United head into Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax determined to get their hands on the prize.
Having had their share of critics over the course of the season, the Red Devils know that victory here will go some way to consecrating their work under Jose Mourinho in his first season in charge and ensure their campaign will not be seen as a total write-off, with a place in the Champions League also assured with a win.
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Mourinho’s experienced campaigners have increasingly set their focus on lifting the prize as a means to re-enter the Champions League, prioritising the competition as it became clear it would be the only route back to Europe’s elite club competition.
It is a run that has taken a physical toll on United’s squad as they adjust to the increased workload, but the same journey would arguably have had more effect on a youthful Ajax squad - this is a season in which the Eredivisie runners-up will play 56 official games, with tanks on the verge of running empty.
The depth of United’s squad by comparison allows some measure of rest for the Red Devils’ stars on the other hand, and they come into the tie at the Friends Arena fresher and on the back of a 10-game unbeaten run in the Europa League during which they’ve conceded only four goals.
Ajax, on the other hand, have endured defeat in two of their last three outings in the tournament, letting in seven goals in that period and ensuring Marcus Rashford - whose two goals and two assists have been responsible for United’s last four goals in the tournament - will be eagerly anticipating testing himself against a shaky, young rearguard.
United certainly seem to have the means to confidently see off their opponents while history certainly is not on the Dutch team’s side going into Wednesday’s clash and Ajax have lost three of their last four clashes against English teams. Mourinho will relish the chance to secure his seventh victory as a manager over Ajax to seal another trophy in his debut season at Old Trafford and his troops will not likely miss the opportunity, making odds of 7/1 (8.0) an excellent chance at profit.
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