Ajax boss Peter Bosz: Europa League final has lost its glow

by Leon Thompson May 25, 2017, 1:47

Jose Mourinho brings his established cast to Friends Arena, where United will be playing with heavy hearts after the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night.

"We are all very sad about the tragic events; we can not take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families", said Mourinho.

United finished sixth in the Premier League, but are one win away from the Champions League as they take on Ajax in Wednesday's Europa Final in Stockholm, Sweden.

"We have a job to do & will fly to Sweden to do that job. He burst on the scene last season, the second season is always harder but I think he's handled things really well and hopefully he'll be the big threat for us tonight".

However, 19-year old Kasper Dolberg was their top scorer this season and would love to put a teenager's stamp on the Europa League Final against Manchester United.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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"The feeling that prevails is that the final doesn't have the glow it should have".

United's performances during this season's tournament suggested their players were not sure how much they wanted to win it either.

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Stockholm security was already intensified for the match against Ajax following a deadly truck attack in the Swedish capital last month.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust plan to screen the match in front of around 2,000 fans in the UK, where a collection will be held for the victims of an attack that spokesman Sean Bones said had left all Mancunians "numb".

Interestingly, Manchester United (Man United) has never won the Europa League or its previous incarnation, the UEFA Cup.

"It's awful. My heartfelt sympathies".

Bosz said the wives and children of some Ajax players attended one of the pop star's concerts in Amsterdam about two weeks ago.

Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone said the attack "was bad for us as well". "It's bad. It's disgusting".

"Our sympathies go out to the victims' friends and families".

UEFA has accepted Manchester United's formal request to cancel their media conference ahead of the final in Stockholm.

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