Manchester United to hold minute silence at Europa League final

Manchester United to hold minute silence at Europa League final

Manchester United to hold minute silence at Europa League final

Though he denies it, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has gambled the club's season on the outcome of today's UEFA Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

In fact, their run in the Europa League is likely to end up being more profitable than their exploits in last season's Champions League.

Substituted at half-time on his full United debut, in a 2-1 loss at home to Manchester City in September, the former Borussia Dortmund star has bounced back to become a firm fan favourite at Old Trafford. Manchester United, on the other hand, have only managed a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, thus missing out on the Champions League spots. World record signing Pogba also doubled the lead with a low strike for his fourth of the season.

A win in the final would also secure United's third trophy of the season, albeit one being the Community Shield, comfortably their best return since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. He will miss the final due to a knee injury.

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

On one side, we have the most valuable club in football.

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Mourinho won the Uefa Cup, as the Europa League was previously known, with Porto in 2003, but the two-time Champions League victor has been publicly dismissive of the competition in recent years.

Schone has won the Eredivisie twice since joining Ajax in 2012, but described the meeting against Jose Mourinho's United as the pinnacle of his career.

"Ajax coach Peter Bosz says the final doesn't have this glow that it should have" because of the attack.

When it comes to the United squad, the defense has been their strength in the competition but the offensive fireworks of the Ajax front-line will surely put them to test. "Fergie, what he did in that era was great, but what [Mourinho] took over was a massive club with a lot of players who were not at the standard of the teams around them".

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The players were relaxed as they strolled around the pitch at the 50,000 capacity stadium. Staying patient and picking the right, direct pass will carve open a United backline without key defenders Bailly and Rojo. However, they've been dominant at the soon to be Johan Cruyff Arena. The Portuguese is no stranger to cup finals and he has a long history of success in these situations because of his particularly cautious cup final approach.

Looking purely in financial terms, United would see a 30 percent reduction in the value of its 10-year jersey deal with Adidas — and equivalent of 21 million pounds ($27 million) - if the team doesn't qualify for the Champions League for the second straight season. Every player wants to compete in Europe and, ultimately, this means the Champions League. Mourinho's a born victor and he tends to find a way to get the job done.

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