I don’t know [the details of] the incident but we have lost a very important player for the final and we don’t have many.”AJAX v UNITED IN STOCKHOLM “First of all two monsters – the history of Manchester United and the history of Ajax is incredible”.
Michael Owen felt Manchester United were comfortable throughout their second leg at Old Trafford despite a nervous end to Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo.
But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.
Both managers reverted to the teams that had started last week’s first leg, which meant a United return for Paul Pogba, whose world-record transfer from Juventus is being investigated by Federation Internationale de Football Association.
In France, Alexandre Lacazette’s brace was not enough as Olympique Lyon failed to qualify for the finals despite defeating Ajax 2-1.
Mourinho also played down the relevance of his ideal managerial record against Ajax, who squeezed past Lyon 5-4 on aggregate last night, in six matches.
Qualification for the Champions League and two trophies would have to be viewed as success of sorts for United, even if serial victor Keane suggests his old club should be aiming for more than success in what he views as second rate competitions.
It is a formidable record which highlights Mourinho’s ability to get the job done in big games, and it is all the more impressive when you consider he has never lost a cup final in normal time.
As a result of the incident, Bailly will now miss the Europa League final. Even then, it landed at the feet of John Guidetti, who couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball with a goal at his mercy. I’m really pleased for them. “We know that in the league it is nearly impossible to qualify for the Champions League so we will give it our all”.
Although falling further behind on aggregate had a noticeable impact on Celta, they continued to cause United problems at the back with Daniel Wass and Guidetti going close either side of the interval.
The Manchester United boss is expecting a real test, not least because Ajax have more opportunity to keep their players fresh. It was an open game at home, all the pressure on our side.
“It means an opportunity to end the season in the flawless way because the final is the last match of the season”.
They gambled. It’s hard when I want the players to bring the bloc up but they know they’re close to reaching the final and they stay back. Aside from a spell of 15 minutes or so after the goal, when Rashford and Mkhitaryan had chances to effectively end the tie, they produced an error-strewn display against a supremely confident Celta side.
DF Daley Blind, 6 – Got forward with some regularity and his distribution was fairly good, but he was too often (if unsurprisingly) outmatched for speed.