Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cup final has lost its 'glow' after attack, says Ajax coach

However, UEFA doesn't have those same scheduling concerns with the Europa League final. When both finalists were ready, this was, of course, stepped up a notch. Britain's Chris Wood, the defending champion, added: "It's disgusting". That's how Ajax got here, knocked off in CL qualifying by Rostov.

United take on the Dutch side knowing they must win and claim the trophy in order to play Champions League football next season.

They lost their first two away games, against Feyenoord and Fenerbahce, needed extra time to beat Anderlecht in the quarter-finals and were given a scare by Celta Vigo in the semifinals.

"The young players are blessed because a lot of those players are still working at Ajax", he explained. "It was a simple decision", said Mourinho, who picked a team with an average age of 22 years and 284 days for Sunday's season-ending 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

United winger Jesse Lingard said "this attractive city" will "stand together in this dark hour", with team-mate Marcus Rashford posting prayer and heart emojis along with an image of Manchester.

"Members of our family of fans and our home community have been affected and we will be reaching out to provide the support of the club in what must be an unimaginably hard time", Woodward wrote.

Jose Mourinho's men are now priced at odds of around Evens to beat the Dutch side and win their second major trophy this season after their EFL Cup triumph earlier in the campaign.

In fact, their run in the Europa League is likely to end up being more profitable than their exploits in last season's Champions League.

Wednesday night's game has been eagerly anticipated, given the great European history of the two clubs involved.

The absence of Zlatan will give Marcus Rashford another chance to excel upfront. He is tied for second in the club with 11 goals in all competitions. Key centre-back Eric Bailly is suspended for this match.

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is certain the people of Manchester will pull together, after the bomb attack on the city of Manchester on Momday. Ajax drew 1-1 with Feyenoord on October 23 and won 2-1 on April 2.

Bosz's youthful charges will also benefit from the experience of some of Ajax's 1995 Champions League-winning side. I don't want the players to feel like that.

Recent form clearly points to United here as it is unbeaten in its past 10 European games (7W, 3D). United coach José Mourinho has won all three major UEFA finals and has a record of 11 wins in 13 career finals.

Spanish football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona also expressed their sympathy.

Some of the United players were said to be visibly affected by the events, but that there was a general feeling of resolve among the squad, with some "determined" to perform for the city.

As a cup victor - United qualified to the Europa League by winning last year's FA Cup - the Red Devils are entitled to the biggest slice of the TV money set aside by Uefa for domestic performance.

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