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Manchester United vs Ajax: 5 reasons why the Europa League final is a must-watch

Manchester United will be looking to clinch their first Europa League title when they face Ajax in the final on Thursday.

football Updated: May 23, 2017 22:57 IST
HT Correspondent
Manchester United face Ajax in the final of the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester United face Ajax in the final of the UEFA Europa League.(AP)

Manchester United and Ajax will be looking to add another trophy to their glorious legacy when the two teams face each other in the 2017 Europa League final on Thursday. The match will see the clash between United’s financial might and the youthful passion of Ajax.

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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. As a result, it will surely be a treat for all the football lovers around the world and here are five reasons why you can’t afford to miss the UEFA Europa League final -


The 2017 Europa League final will be played exactly 22 years after Ajax claimed their last European trophy by beating Milan in the 1995 Champions League final. That match featured Patrick Kluivert (father of Ajax forward Justin Kluivert) and Danny Blind (father of Manchester United’s Daley Blind).

The UEFA Europa League trophy is displayed by the pitch at the Friends Arena, Stockholm. (AP)


UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin confirmed that the trophies of the Champions League, Europa League and Women’s Champions League will be presented on the pitch this year. The return to on-pitch presentations will give all fans in the stadium a better view of the post-match celebration!


There have been a lot of speculations regarding Wayne Rooney’s future and reports claim that he is looking for a team in Chinese Super league or MLS. As a result, this match can turn out to be the Manchester United legend’s final match for the club. Will Rooney be able to channel that iconic rage to lead his team into victory as a perfect farewell gift?

It has been a topsy-turvy season for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. (AFP)


On one side, we have the most valuable club in football. On the other side, we have one of the youngest sides in the game. Manchester United has one of the most expensive squads in club football, while the Eredivisie outfit are an exciting young side brimming with confidence. It can safely be said that an epic clash between experience and youth will take centre stage at the UEFA Europa League final on Thursday.

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg - both 19 years old - will look at the final as the perfect stage to create an impact in world football. Both players have been vital for their respective clubs this year and with the entire world watching, who will be able to prove their mettle one more time on the grand stage?

MATCH TIMINGS: 12:15 AM, Thursday 25th May 2017 - Live and Exclusive on Sony SIX SD, Sony SIX HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD and Ten 2.