Jesse Lingard explains how Manchester United will beat Ajax

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard has explained how Manchester United will beat Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.

Jose Mourinho’s men, following an early Marouane Fellaini goal, weathered a late storm against Celta Vigo on Thursday night to secure a date with the Dutch side in Stockholm.

Man United claimed knockout wins over Saint Etienne, FC Rostov and Anderlect before just about seeing off the Spanish side in their pursuit of Champions League football this season.

And Lingard, looking ahead to the clash with Peter Bosz’s men, noted that United will have to be resilient in Stockholm.

“We’ve come a long way and we’ve been all around the world playing different teams,” he said. “But we’ve come out with the wins and we’ve ended up in the final which is massive.

“The lads know what is at stake – any cup final is massive, but especially in this competition [because] it can get us into the Champions League which is where we belong.”

The meeting with Ajax promises to engender a tantalising fusion of styles in Stockholm: Mourinho’s resolute, often criticised but hard-to-break-down approach will meet the raw exuberance of Ajax – a tantalising blend of young players, with an average age of 23, that have bombarded their way to the final.

United, in turn, have forged their way past each round, turning the screw on opponents instead of blitzing them to oblivion. Less exciting than Ajax, sure, but also less susceptible to defensive disfunction under the watchful eye of Mourinho.

Whoever you support, this promises to be some final.

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