BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,24TH MAY 2017-The big match goes down Wednesday 24th May 2017 night as Manchester United plays against Ajax in the final of the Europa League .The match will be staged at Friends Arena starting 21:45 Kenya time.
Manchester United go into this final knowing very well they have to win it to get into next season’s Champions League.
The pressures on their back emanates from the fact that they have not qualified for the champions league having not finished in top four in the premier league . All their eggs are now in one basket, which is a dangerous situation to be in against a really good young Ajax team.
Ajax on the other hand are very impressive technically and they have lots of energy too.
Their front five – with Bertrand Traore and Amin Younes either side of Kasper Dolberg in attack, and Davy Klaassen and Hakim Ziyech in the centre of midfield – give them goals and creativity, and a good mixture of pace and skill.
Traore is very quick down the right but a little bit erratic, while Younes on the left is a good dribbler – he is not rapid but he is pretty sharp.
What Peter Bosz’s team do well is play a high-tempo game – they like to press and win the ball back early.
To counter that, United have to be really brave and mirror the approach they had when they beat Chelsea at Old Trafford in April.
They tore out of the blocks in that game and went toe to toe with Antonio Conte’s side. They were positive and they put the champions under pressure, and never allowed them to settle.
United played on the front foot that day and used the speed of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to pester Chelsea. The energy in midfield of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba overpowered them.
If they do the same again on Wednesday, Ajax will have it rough emerging winners tonight.