MANCHESTER UNITED'S season comes down to the Europa League final with Ajax.Jose Mourinho has thrown all his eggs into one basket knowing a win on Wednesday would see his side playing Champions League football next season.But how will both teams line up? Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport’s live transfer blog Our friends at Football Whispers have profiled the two potential starting XIs, with both sides likely to employ a 4-3-3.Appearing in 11 of Manchester United’s 14 Europa League games so far this season, Sergio Romero is the man who’s been given the gloves in Europe.He’s conceded just four goals too and the Argentina international will be safe pair of hands for Jose Mourinho’s side.Re-born as a full-back, Antonio Valencia has thrived for Manchester United this season, proving himself as one of the best in England.The Ecuadorian will hope to maraud up the right flank and replicate his average of 2.3 … [Read more...] about Manchester United vs Ajax predicted line-ups: Who will start the Europa League final in Stockholm?
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MAROUANE FELLAINI fired Manchester United into the Europa League final.United went into the semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo one-goal up thanks to Marcus Rashford's strike in Spain.And the scorer turned provider at Old Trafford 16 minutes in when he whipped in a delightful cross from deep for the big Belgian to power in with his head. Keep up to date with all the latest news, gossip, rumours and done deals in SunSport's live transfer blog But Celta's Facundo Roncaglia hauled his team back into the tie with an 85th minute header.United managed to hold on but were devastated to lose Eric Bailly to a straight red card with just moments to go - meaning he now misses the final.The centre-back completely lost his cool and lashed out grabbing Celta's John Guidetti by the neck.Bailly's over-the-top reaction saw visitors' scorer Roncaglia retaliate and also earn himself a sending off.It was fitting that the last kick of the game should fall to Guidetti - a former Man … [Read more...] about Manchester United 1 Celta Vigo 1 (2-1 agg): Marouane Fellaini fires Red Devils into Europa League final… but Eric Bailly’s moment of madness sees him miss showdown
Both of the clubs involved in Wednesday's Europa Cup final are steeped in tradition built partly through periods of European dominance in years gone by. Now both are looking to take this opportunity to rekindle their former glory on the continental stage but, more immediately - to take the chance to guarantee the automatic passage to the group phase of the next season's Champions League that goes with lifting the Europa League trophy. Given their sixth-place finish in the Premier League, the stakes are particularly high for Manchester United and their first-year head coach, Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has given the Europa League precedence in the latter part of United's season, with the Red Devils finishing seven points outside of the top four in England's top flight. Whether or not United's season is seen as a success, now rides on the final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Mourinho, who won the UEFA Cup (as the Europa League was then … [Read more...] about Europa League: Ajax youngsters look to upset more experienced Manchester United
Nice 0-1 Schalke (Baba Rahman 75') Abdul Baba Rahman scored his first goal since joining Schalke on loan as the Bundesliga club beat former Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre's Nice on the French Riviera. A scrappy first half was followed by a tight second as Nice looked to keep their record of having never lost a home UEFA Cup or Europa League match intact. The French side included former Bayern and Gladbach defender Dante and ex-Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Schalke substitute Max Meyer unlocked the Nice defense with a clever reverse pass, allowing Baba Rahman, on loan from Chelsea, to rifle in a low shot inside the near post and secure the win. Mainz 1-1 Saint-Etienne (Bungert 57' – Beric 88') Mainz were held to a 1-1 draw by French side Saint-Etienne, who grabbed an 88th-minute equalizer. Coming off the back of their deflating 4-4 draw with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga at the weekend, Mainz looked to make amends on their Europa League group-stage … [Read more...] about Europa League: Schalke win in France, Mainz held, Man. United suffer defeat
Ajax 2-0 Schalke This game had been billed as a chance for Markus Weinzierl's men to follow in the footsteps of the Schalke side dubbed the "Eurofighters", who won this competition 20 years ago. But the current crop proved just how far they have to go, with a performance that won't be unfamiliar to those who have caught some of their domestic displays this term. Only goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann saved them from embarrassment. The Royal Blues came in to Thursday's game after hammering Wolfsburg in a 4-1 win that showed there is talent in this squad but, after losing key defender Sead Kolasinac moments before the game, they looked all at sea from the outset. In fact, it was the Dutch side who turned back the clock, showing snatches of the fluid football for which previous Ajax sides have been renowned. The hosts, who had won their previous five Europa League games at the Amsterdam Arena, weaved pretty patterns but initially struggled to really penetrate, until a more direct approach … [Read more...] about Europa League: Sorry Schalke fall to limp Ajax defeat