Winning the Europa league will not be an easy task for Manchester United

Winning the Europa league will not be an easy task for Manchester United

NAIJ.com takes a tactical look at the upcoming Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax to be contested Stockholm's Friends Arena.

United boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly said the Europa League is his priority after seeing his side's title challenge early in the season.

The Portuguese could add the Europa league to the League Cup trophy he won earlier in the season.

Winning the Europa league will not be an easy task for Manchester United

Mourinho has his eyes on the Europa League

Ajax will line up with a youthful side, but can they overcome a Manchester United side hoping to return to the Champions League?

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Before we get to the tactical details from the match, lets introduce the match to the neutrals;

When is the match?

Wednesday, May 24

Winning the Europa league will not be an easy task for Manchester United

Ajax are in their first European final in 20 years

What time is kick off?

7.45pm (19.45pm) - Nigerian time.

How did both teams get to the final?

Manchester United squeezed through their semi-final against Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate while Ajax beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate.

Winning the Europa league will not be an easy task for Manchester United

Fellaini's goal in the semi-final against Celta Vigo put United in the final

Venue?

Stockholm's Friends Arena which is the Sweden's national football stadium and the home of AIK.

What to expect tactically from both teams...

Expect Manchester United to line up in a 4-3-3 formation with Sergio Romero already confirmed to start. Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be walking in water already but he will miss the final as he is not fit enough.

Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick will play in the center with Henrihk Mhkitaryan and Juan Mata flanking Marcus Rashford who will strike.

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United have sometimes laboured to win this season and that could be the cause when they play this youthful Dutch side.

Man Utd do not have very good passers in the middle of the pitch, but Carrick's ability to read the game could be key to breaking-up an Ajax side who will play excellent passers like Ziyech and Klassen in the middle.

Winning the Europa league will not be an easy task for Manchester United

Mourinho would win his second Europa league trophy. He won the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003

Ajax's biggest problem is their youthful defense which will definately feature a 17-year-old De Light.

The Dutch side will want to play attacking football, passing the ball from right to left and that could be Mourinho's key to winning.

As already known, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss tends to set up his side to counter-attack in finals and with Ajax sure passing, a single mistake could lead to a break-away by Rashford or Mata/Lingard depending on who starts.

On paper, Manchester United look like Champions but Ajax have defied the odds to get this far, what is stopping them to crossing the finish line?

Potential XI for Ajax: Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Sánchez, Riedewald; Klaassen, Schöne, Ziyech; Traoré, Dolberg, Younes.

Out: Viergever (suspended), Sinkgraven (knee/fitness)

Potential XI for Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Jones, Blind, Darmian; Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Mkhitaryan.

Out: Bailly (suspended), Shaw (ankle), Ibrahimović (knee), Rojo (knee), Young (hamstring).

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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