22 May, 20:03
Yes, in case you forgot who’s in charge, the Portuguese maestro.
Need we introduce Mourinho? The Portuguese, a UEFA Cup winner with Porto back in 2003, has been as pragmatic as ever in his first season at United and he has not played down the emphasis he is placing on the Europa League.
Indeed he called the second leg against Celta ‘the biggest match in our history’, so he will be piling even more pressure on his players ahead of the decider.
The Old Trafford outfit has been stodgy at times this term but their manager looks to have mapped out much of their campaign with Wednesday’s final in mind.
Mourinho faced Ajax six times as Real Madrid coach, winning all six games by an aggregate score of 20–2.
He is a man who knows how to execute a plan and a record of 11 wins in 13 career finals bodes well for his team.
In terms of Marketing and Publicity…
According to sources, aside from the Europa Final being ‘all about’ Champions League qualification, it is also a big boost for Mou’s men, Manchester United and even their sponsors Adidas.
At a conservative estimate the game is worth at least £70m to Manchester United, whilst player wages next season also depend on victory over a young Ajax side.
Mou’s individual success
Mourinho could also match Benítez's achievement in becoming the second coach to win the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Europa League, Benítez having prevailed with Valencia (2004) and Chelsea (2013).
Ajax are without win in six European games away from Amsterdam.
Manchester United are unbeaten in ten European games (W7 D3)
Congratulations Manchester United...
With all these factors in place, Manchester United are definitely going to beat Ajax and bag the Europa League 2016/2017 competition.