The Europa League Final is arguably Manchester United’s biggest match of the 2016-17 season, and the one on which the fate of their next season also depends. The Stockholm silverware clash is United’s only hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, and as per the reports, landing Antoine Griezmann as well.
However, the Red Devils’ duo Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard seem to be in a confident mood ahead of their side’s Europa League Final against Ajax. The England pair appeared totally relaxed and confident in the final hours building up to kick-off.
With both expected to be in Jose Mourinho’s playing XI at the Friends Arena, possibly alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan against the Eredivisie runner-ups, Rashford and Lingard were seen practicing a routine should one of them score in the all-important finale.
Ahead of the clash, Lingard said: “We’ve come a long way and we’ve been all around the world playing different teams. But we’ve come out with the wins and we’ve ended up in the final which is massive.
“The lads know what is at stake – any cup final is massive, but especially in this competition [because] it can get us into the Champions League which is where we belong.”
The Europa League title is the only silverware that still eludes Manchester United’s trophy cabinet, and Jose Mourinho’s men are all set to battle it out in order to bring home the European glory.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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