Ander Herrera states his prediction for Man United v Ajax
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 13:06
Despite finishing only sixth in the Premier League, Manchester United still can qualify to the Champions League if they beat Ajax in the Europa League final, which will take place on Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden.
Manchester United have already lifted the EFL Cup and Community Shield trophies this season but the Red Devils have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
Missing a top-four finish for the third time in four years meant United failed to earn a qualification spot for next season's Champions League, the minimum requirement for Mourinho and the club's American owners. David Moyes succeeded Ferguson but was sacked after 34 league games and his successor, Louis van Gaal, was removed after two seasons, though he did win last year's FA Cup. The final between Ajax and Manchester United will provide a glimpse as to the next step and where we aspire to be as a club going forward.
"It is THE game of the season, he has been building it up for the last three or four weeks as the match, so let's see what happens".
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.
The match will be United's 64th and last of the season, and Mourinho used his programme notes on Sunday to blast pundits - including Graeme Souness - who claimed he was wrong to suggest his players were exhausted.
Ajax apply lots of pressure and inject real intensity into the game. "He's got 11 tough decisions to make but I've said all along that whoever plays will go out and do the job to the best of their ability". We would be disappointed if we weren't in every competition. "But we need to give it one more big push on Wednesday night".
None of them are expected to stay long as Ajax adhere to a nominal salary cap of some 40,000 euros per week. Manchester United want to be playing in every competition so there are going to be a lot of games.
The Spanish star, 29, said: "He has been in so many finals and the mentality he gives to the players - to not just be in a final but win that final - is very important". "I've picked up a few injuries that were unfortunate, shall we say". Even when I was out of the team at the start of the season, he always gave me confidence I would get into the team if I was training and playing well. The midfielder has been at his combative best for the Red Devils this season and was recently rewarded with the club's Player of the Year award. "He always made me feel wanted and I owe him a lot for that".