Antonio Valencia to be captain in Europa League final vs Ajax

However, he has led the side to the League Cup title as well as a Europa League final, and with their clash with Ajax in the showpiece to come on Wednesday, you'd expect the Portuguese to make several changes to his side against the Eagles on Sunday.

"I think a team shouldn't play two European competitions in the same season, they should go home, they shouldn't have the option to play the Europa League".

United take on Ajax next Wednesday in a season-defining contest that could see them land a second major trophy of the season and earn a place in next season's Champions League. I do not want to lose this opportunity.

I am delighted that Ajax have reached the final and it will be a special game.

"If we are going to win the Europa League final it will be an incredible season for us, because have already won two trophies, and this one would be the third one", he added.

The Manchester United manager said in a press conference: "For the kids it will be a great experience to play in the Premier League in the last match of the season".

Mourinho said: "Everybody goes on Wednesday".

Luke Shaw and Ashley Young also suffered season ending injuries but everybody - including these four injured players - will all be making the trip to Stockholm together.

It's worth adding that there is no indication as to how long the discussion between the pair went on for, so it's probably a bit of a stretch to suggest that Van Gaal was divulging a detailed, player-by-player analysis of United's squad to the Ajax boss.

"Because 60-something (games) means 140 days in a hotel; half of the year we spent together and that is only possible when the spirit is awesome".

It has been something of a disappointing campaign for the Red Devils in the Premier League this season following Mourinho's appointment at Old Trafford last summer.

  • Julie Sanders