Ajax To Play Man U In Europa League Final

kasper-dolberg-eredivisieManchester United will collide with Ajax at Stockholm’s Friends Arena on 24 May for the UEFA Europa League Final and a berth in next year’s UEFA Champions League.

Manchester United and Ajax managed to overcome home and away semi-finals against Celta de Vigo and Olympique Lyon respectively and secured a place in the final of the Europa League. For Man U, this competition is the perfect the opportunity to demonstrate that Mourinho’s project is right on track.

Ajax, who won 4-1 in the first game in the Netherlands displaying a very efficient game against Olympique Lyon, was overwhelmed in France and fell 3-1. The Dutch however advanced to the final with a 5-4 aggregate score.

Manchester United, who had beaten Celta Vigo in Spain 0-1, sealed their pass to the final after drawing at Old Trafford 1-1, in a match that was probably more complicated than what the Red Devils expected.

Ajax had to wait two decades to shine once again in a European tournament. After beating Milan in the Champions League final in 1995, with a goal by Patrick Kluivert, and losing in penalties the following year against Juventus, Ajax has awakened from a long sleep. The club will now try to take the last step to make its dreams of glory a reality with a bunch of talented and young footballers that are taking the continent by storm.

The possible successors to the European champions of 1995 – Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids, Patrick Kluivert, the de Boer brothers, Edwin van der Sar, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars and Frank Rijkaard – are led by 19-year-old striker Kasper Dolberg and managed by Peter Bosz.

If the club finds a way to keep its young stars (something it constantly fails at) it could once again earn a privileged place in continental soccer.

They could start by winning this year’s Europa League against Mourinho and his men. Dolberg, Kluivert Jr. and a squad averaging 21 years of age, will try shock the world to bring its first continental trophy to Amsterdam since 1995.

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