Fans have already started gathering in Stockholm in large numbers ahead of Europa League Final between Manchester United and Ajax in Stockholm
- Minute’s silence to be observed for attack in Manchester
- Manchester United and Ajax contest 46th final in competition
- Ajax expected to name side with average age of 22
- United unbeaten in ten European games (W7 D3)
- Suspensions for both teams, Sinkgraven ruled out
Ajax: Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Sánchez, Riedewald; Klaassen, Schöne, Ziyech; Traoré, Dolberg, Younes.
Out: Viergever (suspended), Sinkgraven (knee/fitness)
Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Jones, Blind, Darmian; Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Mkhitaryan.
Out: Bailly (suspended), Shaw (ankle), Ibrahimović (knee), Rojo (knee), Young (hamstring)
Peter Bosz, Ajax coach
I would send my players directly to the doctor if they weren’t nervous, especially because it’s their first final. It’s completely normal to be nervous, I just have to make sure that the nerves don’t get to them. We have a chance to beat Manchester United if we impose our own game. I know [my players] are young so we have to prepare them. It makes my job more interesting.
José Mourinho, Man. United manager
UEFA accepted a request from Manchester United to cancel their pre-match press conference – originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening – following Monday’s attacks in Manchester. The following is taken from a statement released by the club.
“We’re all very sad about the tragic events of last night; we can’t take out of our minds and hearts the victims and their families. We have a job to do and fly to Sweden to do that job. It’s a pity we cannot fly with the happiness we always have before a big game. I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.”