Europa League final define Man United's season, says Jones

Clyde Nash
June 2, 2017

Paul Pogba was among the goals for Manchester United, as they recorded a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the final game of the season.

But with a Europa League final still to be played, United could still qualify for next season's Champions League if they beat Dutch giants Ajax.

"It's a defining moment in our season and we need to make sure we win the game".

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.

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And United impressed in a first-half performance that proved enough to secure a comfortable victory prior to their season-defining trip to Stockholm.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's freakish post-match press conference lasted less than 30 seconds as he arrived in a near deserted room and left before any questions could be asked. "People say the game has changed, but has it changed that much?"

Manchester United have qualified for the final of a European competition after eight long years - they made it to the finals of the 2009 Champions League.

I'm from Manchester, Salford and it's literally down the road. If Mourinho sets up his side to sit back and counter on Wednesday, he will be handing a tenacious Ajax side the initiative and the opportunity to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

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"In the past, only the best players went but now Ajax develops players until a sack of money is laid down in front of them and then the player is gone", former defender Sonny Silooy said in De Volkskrant on Monday.

The 16-year-old Gomes became the youngest debutant since Duncan Edwards and the first millennial to appear in the top-flight, and Harrop stated that Sunday's clash is a big day for the club's academy.

It was the kind of cutting edge Mourinho will have wished his side had displayed earlier in the season, with Harrop curling just wide as Palace struggled to breakdown the hosts' young defence.

"I just want to thank the manager for putting me on the bench and playing me today, and all the staff back at the club and everyone who has helped me".

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The Spain global pipped top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world record signing Paul Pogba to United's Player of the Season award in his third campaign at the club, in which he has grown into one of Mourinho's most loyal disciples.

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