Man United: Jose turns to Ajax

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce made a full circle last season

Despite their monetary muscle, Jose Mourinho's side struggled to keep up with the pace-setters in the Premier League and looked sluggish at times in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The United captain's name echoed around the ground as he received a standing ovation, replaced by the first player born in 2000 to feature in a Premier League match - and the youngest to have represented United in the competition.

It was not a gamble.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, United ran-out 2-0 winners against Crystal Palace in the season finale, with Mourinho handing out debuts to Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop. I can go for every match. "It was not a gamble, just a effect of our situation". We need to earn the right to be in the Champions League, and that's by winning on Wednesday night. "It would be a big disappointment for me". David Moyes succeeded Ferguson but was sacked after 34 league games and his successor, Louis van Gaal, was removed after two seasons, though he did win last year's FA Cup.

"For a long time people in Holland said it's not possible for a Dutch team to play any finals anymore because the financial difference between the big clubs in Europe and the Dutch clubs is so big now", he said.

Now that the trophy is within touching distance, Mourinho has started to paint the tournament in a different light.

The final between Ajax and Manchester United will provide a glimpse as to the next step and where we aspire to be as a club going forward.

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American Pharoah (2015) and California Chrome (2014) both won, while Nyquist finished third in 2016 and Orb was fourth in 2013. The legendary John Longden won the Preakness aboard Count Fleet in 1943 and then saddled Majestic Prince, the victor in 1969.

Victory on Wednesday would enable United to complete their collection of trophies.

United even gave up on its Premier League campaign with a few weeks remaining to give its full focus to the Europa League.

The final will not, however, be a glorious homecoming for United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Juan Mata believes Manchester United finally have the right manager in José Mourinho, with the Spain worldwide hopeful a new era of success can be kick-started by winning the Europa League.

Mourinho has already confirmed Sergio Romero will be selected ahead of David de Gea on Wednesday, with Chris Smalling also expected to start after being left out against Palace to recover from a minor injury.

The game against Ajax will be United's 64th of the season.

For United, a second straight season outside the European elite would not only be a blow for the fans and the club's status but could also affect their ability to recruit the very best talent from across the globe. A total of seven players have scored 5 goals or more this season, including stopper Davinson Sanchez, with Kasper Dolberg, Bertrand Traore and Davy Klaassen leading the goalscoring charts.

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