José Mourinho certainly must have had his heart in his mouth for a while until Celta striker John Guidetti decided to fluff his line on his own terms when they faced United in the 2nd leg Semi Final earlier this month. Now in Stockholm to face a tricky customer in Ajax, United’s biggest game since the post – Fergie era conjuring all parameters – At least 70 million pounds is all for grabs if the red side of Manchester gets a win ( 50 million from making the group stage of the Champions League and over 20 million from kit sponsors, Adidas) but you can say that this means more than just the oof to Mou and jugbang; The bragging rights and prestige of playing in 2017 / 2018 Champions League matters most. The Special one himself personally risks a contract extension and pay rise if he doesn’t manage victory at the Friends Arena on Wednesday.
Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten, Amsterdam Arena, Louis Van Gaal, De Boer Brothers, George Finidi – The Dutch Club has gotten a deep rooted stead in tradition as far as European Football is involved with a masterful romanticism of flirting and nurturing child prodigies into world class footballers, fast forward 2017, they still haven’t derailed from it – only last week fielding the youngest team in the Eredivisie when they beat Willem II away 1 – 3.
The Pauciloquent Ajax Coach Peter Bosz has managed to keep a group of jeunsee doree footballers play the total football with no nuance at all building his team around midfielder and captain Davy Classen, striker Kasper Dolberg who at just 19 is marked to be a star.
Although you could sense that a lack of experience for most of these teenagers might be baneful with the knowledge that most haven’t played games with such enormous magnitude – salify the fact that most players of very young age tend to go through peaks and troughs which was evident in the semi final against Lyon where they led the tie 4 – 1 and almost completely bottled it in France losing 1 – 3. Very friable defensively. Bosz will definitely hope for the peak on Wednesday
Manchester United looks really knackered and have a handful of players missing from the final through injuries and suspensions. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are all long term casualties while Eric Bailly is suspended after receiving a beef witted red against Celta Vigo. Can’t say enough about how Jose Mourinho has whined about the Fixture congestion.
Ajax in contrast look as fresh as a daisy who has had 10 days to rest prior to the showdown. Bosz has a completely gradely squad except for suspended Nick Viergever who will be replaced by either Daley Sinkgraven or Jairo Riedewald with the former only just recovering from a knee injury he had since April and only just returned last week.
Game will be far from being a spectacle but you can back Mourinho to get the result even if it might be homespun.
Ajax 0 – 1 Manchester United