Ajax vs. Manchester United: Europa League – Match Preview

Manchester United face Ajax in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday evening.

Ajax finished second in the Eredivisie this season, losing out to Feyenoord taking the race for the title down to the final day.

United’s league campaign finished on Sunday and they ended up in a disappointing sixth position and their only hope of Champions League qualification now rests on Wednesday.

Ajax eliminated the likes of Schalke and Lyon to reach the final, with their young side surprising many.

Manchester United have been poor in many of their Europa matches, however have progressed into the final.

They edged past Celta Vigo in the semi-finals, however were disappointing in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Europa League form: Ajax W3 D0 L2; Manchester United W3 D2 L0
Europa League top scorers
Ajax – Kasper Dolberg 6 goals
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Henrik Mkhitaryan 5 goals each

Team news
Nick Viergever is suspended for Ajax, which should see Mitchell Dijks line up at left-back.

Daley Sinkgraven is a doubt and is likely to only be fit enough for the bench.

Manchester United will be without the banned Eric Bailly, with Phil Jones likely to deputise.

Sergio Romero will continue in goal having played the majority of the Europa League fixtures this term.

Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will battle it out to start in the third midfield role.

Expected starting XI’s
Ajax (4-3-3): Onana; Veltman, Sanchez, Ligt, Dijks; Klaassen, Schone, Ziyech; Traore, Dolberg, Younes
Manchester United (4-3-3): Romero; Valencia, Jones, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Carrick, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Mkhitaryan

Predictions

Result: Manchester United (17/20 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 1-2 (17/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Marcus Rashford (7/4 with Betfred)

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