Fans enjoy Stockholm sunshine ahead of Europa final
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 22:19
Mourinho was hired past year to bring immediate success to United.
"And the most important is that we are fit, we are fresh, nobody is injured, and that's the great way to prepare the team for the next Wednesday".
No one epitomises this sluggishness as much as Paul Pogba, the French midfielder who arrived at Old Trafford last summer in a record £89m transfer from Juventus.
Once a top four place proved itself unattainable, Mourinho essentially began tailoring every training session for this evening's Europa League final.
"And when he wins the Europa League, I'll go as far as to say that - after [Antonio] Conte - he's probably the manager of the season, to get that group of players to win two trophies and get to the Champions League".
"I would send them immediately to the doctor should they feel no nerves!" he joked. They are also assured of a spot in the Champions League playoff next season after finishing second in the Eredivisie.
Nine long months and thousands of miles of travelling all come to a conclusion as Ajax and Manchester United bid for European glory.
Here's everything you need to know about the game, including kick-off time, how to watch it, and the key match-ups to look out for. "We can make history for the club, so that's the only thing I have in my mind - always respecting the opponent because they want to make history as well".
As for Ajax, they have lifted this trophy, formerly known as the UEFA Cup, on one previous occasion back in 1992. Impressively, the 54-year-old has also never lost a final within 90 minutes and also has a three for three ideal record in European finals. "It is better for the evolution of the players and for the evolution of the team to be in the Champions League".
"They shouldn't just be in it, they should be in with a chance of winning the Champions League".
Having rested the likes of Daley Blind, Marcus Rashford and their player of the season Ander Herreraagainst Palace, United will be hoping to field and experienced starting line-up against Ajax.