Showpiece has lost it's glow - Bosz

United face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday and held a minute's silence ahead of their final training session before the match at their Carrington base.

Manchester was gearing up once again for one of their clubs to fight for another piece of silverware on European soil, with the final proving crucial to United in their aspiration to play Champions League football next season. They are also assured of a spot in the Champions League playoff next season after finishing second in the Eredivisie.

The "glow" has been taken off the Europa League final because of the deadly bomb attack in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, Ajax coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday.

That match will take place a week later on June 3 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Madrid looking to become the first team to secure back-to-back trophies in the competition's current format.

Mourinho led the team on a walk around the Friends Arena pitch upon arriving in Sweden and it is unclear how United's players and staff have been impacted by the explosion.

"We only have a chance of beating Manchester United if we play our own game which we have developed this season and which I like to call the Ajax way of playing." he said.

2343 hrs IST: Looking at this match without its context is almost impossible.

Daley Blind said he "can't believe what happened" and goalkeeper David De Gea expressed "much rage, much pain", with winger Jesse Lingard saying "this lovely city" will "stand together in this dark hour".

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told the club's TV station that the club has been left "numb". Victory in the Europa League will also earn the winners €6.5 million in prize money, but Champions League participation is worth a guaranteed €12 million plus €4 million worth of television rights.

"The young players are blessed because a lot of those players are still working at Ajax", he said.

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