Jose Mourinho reacts to playing Ajax in the Europa League final

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has reacted to the prospect of playing Ajax in the Europa League final after seeing off Celta Vigo on Thursday night.

Marouane Fellaini‘s header proved enough to send Mourinho’s men to Stockholm in spite of a late goal and onslaught from the Spanish side.

The Portuguese will take on the Dutch side, who avoided a scare against Lyon in the second leg, in Stockholm on May 24.

And Mourinho, speaking soon after his side’s 1-1 draw with Celta, noted that the clash with Peter Bosz’s men would be difficult.

“(My record against Ajax) means nothing. A final is a final,” he said.

“It will be difficult. (They are a) young team, strong team, (they) finish the league this weekend.

“From this weekend they will have 12 days to prepare. We have three matches to play and not many players.”

A lot is going to be made of how Man United will fare against a youthful, ebullient Ajax side in Stockholm, with the looming absence of Eric Bailly only further magnifying the potential damage Kasper Dolberg and Davy Klassen could inflict.

But this is a final. A European final. This is 90 minutes of pure battle, all or nothing, and nobody can ever really predict the pattern of such an occasion.

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