Ajax vs Manchester Untied 24 May 2017
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Ajax vs Manchester Untied 24 May 2017

Tournament: Europa League
Location: Friends Arena
Match date: 24.05.2017 at 19:45

On May 24 2017 at 19:45 in the final game of the Europa League at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden the nominal hosts of the game Ajax are going to play against Manchester Untied.

We don’t think that a lot of people expected Ajax to make it to the final of the competition. They started their Euro Cups campaign in the group stage of the Europa League in the same group with Celta, Standard and Panathinaikos. Ajax won four times and drew twice in those matches which let them take the first place in the standings with 11:6 goal difference and make it to the play-offs of the competition. In the play-off matches Ajax outplayed Legia 0:1, Copenhagen 2:4, Schalke 3:4 and Lyon 4:5 after two legs in each round. We must also admit that two main squad footballers are missing from Ajax because of an injury and a disqualification.

As for Manchester United, they were actually expected to make it to the final of the competition as they have a squad worth of at least two squads of Ajax. At the group stage Manchester Untied played against Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya. In their six matches played the Reds gained 12 points which let them make it to the play-offs from the second place in the group. In the play-offs Manchester Untied confidently handled all of their competitors. They outplayed Saint Etienne 4:0, Rostov 2:1, Anderlecht 2:3 and Celta 2:1 in the semifinal. In fact, Manchester Untied are by far not in their best conditions now as they have at least seven players missing from the squad for different reasons.

The teams only played two games against each other in their history. In the first match Manchester Untied won 0:2 and after that Ajax won 1:2. The manager of Ajax said that the United were the favorites of the game as he was probably trying to reduce pressure on his players. Of course, we all know the examples of the games when young ambitious clubs outplayed big clubs. Yet, we also know that nobody will blame Ajax if they lose to Manchester United while Manchester Untied will be definitely criticized if they lose to Ajax.