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Preview: Europa League Final 2017


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A perfectly weighted and pin-point accurate Marcus Rashford cross, headed home by Marouane Fellaini, saw Manchester United past Celta Vigo. The final aggregate score was 2-1 across both legs, but United arguably should have done more to turn the dominance they exercised on the pitch into dominance in the score-line.

John Guidetti had late chances to overturn the reds’, position but the former City man fluffed his lines.

Jose Mourinho’s United march into the Stockholm final against a faded giant of world football, Ajax, who overcame Lyon in their semi-final.

The Ajax squad contains an array of emergent talents, including Justin Kluivert, son of Netherlands footballing legend and current Director of Football at PSG Patrick Kluivert.

Having lost out in the race for the Eredivisie league title Ajax may well be no less singularly focused on the competition than United, for whom it seems the only route to Champions League football in the 2017/2018 season.

The Manchester club will however miss star man Zlatan Ibrahimović due to injury and new fan-favourite centre back, Eric Bailly, due to a red card in the closing minutes of the semi-final. Bailly was crucial in taking United this far and his absence will leave the reds more vulnerable going into the final.

Manchester United has won 65 trophies in its history and the Europe League title is the only major trophy the club hasn’t claimed, Mourinho will be aiming to secure the clean sweep but the former Dutch giants have other ideas and will Manchester United’s ever growing injury and suspension list will make pleasant reading for Ajax fans. 

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