Ajax vs. Manchester United: Live Updates, Score and Reaction

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6:45pm UTC May 24, 2017Solna
Rob Lancaster

Jose Mourinho has the chance to etch his name into Manchester United folklore on Wednesday in Stockholm, as the Red Devils face Dutch giants Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final. Mourinho would be the first manager in the club’s history to lift this trophy. However, standing between the Premier League side and the silverware is a brilliant Ajax outfit. The youthful Eredivisie team have enthralled on their way to this showpiece, playing fearless and effective football.

  1. May 24, 2017
  2. Clock Icon8:41 pm

    FT: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

    Scorers: Pogba (18'), Mkhitaryan (48')

    Ajax: Onana, Veltman, Riedewald (De Jong), Sanchez, De Ligt, Klaassen, Schone (Van de Beek), Ziyech, Traore, Younes, Dolberg (Neres).

    Manchester United: Romero, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba, Mata (Rooney), Rashford (Martial), Mkhitaryan (Lingard).

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    Swede Dreams for United

    To the victor, the spoils. Two trophies and a return to the Champions League? Suppose it wasn't a bad season after all...

    UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague

    #MUFC hold their prize aloft! #UELfinal 🏆 https://t.co/iUIKLlo5GA

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    City Show Support

    A nice touch from the blue half of Manchester. They will now be joined by their neighbours in next season's UEFA Champions League. If Liverpool progress through a play-off, they'll be five English teams in the group stages.

    Manchester City @ManCity

    https://t.co/Kz89wXt8It

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  6. May 24, 2017
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    Post-Match Reaction

    Juan Mata is an impressive player. Not just when he's in action, but also when talking to the media. He tells BT Sport:

    "It's massive for us. We had the chance to win the one trophy the club had never won and also play in the Champions League next season. We've done it, so we're very happy.

    "It's my first European trophy for United, but hopefully it's the first of many. We wanted to win this for the city of Manchester—now we will bring the trophy back."

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    Manchester United: Europa League Winners!

    After touring all corners of Europe, Wayne Rooney makes his way through his team-mate to lift the trophy aloft. The Red Devils were brilliant in blue, nullifying Ajax with a superb gameplan mapped out by their manager. Mourinho is on the platform with his players to celebrate, too.

    UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague

    🏆 @ManUtd add another trophy to their impressive collection. #UELfinal https://t.co/5vZMIuVvhm

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    Presentation Time

    The trophy has been engraved (do they hire specific speed engravers by the way, or is it just a job that can be done really quickly?), we are now going to see Manchester United handed the spoils on a stage built on the field.

    Squawka News @SquawkaNews

    The happiest Jose Mourinho has been all season. ✊ https://t.co/rnTU3Rmd2r

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    Post-Match Reaction

    Paul Pogba takes a swipe at Manchester United's critics in his interview with British broadcasters BT Sport:

    "The goal was always to win the Europa League. We knew this all the way along. Now we've done it we're very proud. They say we had a bad season, but the prize is here. We will enjoy it now.

    "The early goal helped settle us down. Everybody was very focused. We did a great performance."

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    Completing the Set

    Mourinho was unusually zealous in celebrating the final whistle, hugging his staff, players and son before turning to the posh seats and pointing towards somebody in the crowd.

    Manchester United have now got the full set of European trophies—and are also straight into the main draw for next season's Champions League.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Manchester United is the 5th club to win the 3 major UEFA club trophies (European Cup, UEFA Cup/Europa League, Cup Winners’ Cup) https://t.co/tikN336Z3u

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    FT: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

    The final whistle goes in Stockholm; Manchester United have given their home city a welcome boost by securing a second trophy in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge.

    Pogba broke the deadlock when his shot was deflected in during the first half, with Mkhitaryan doubling the lead with a clever flick from close range right after the break.

    In truth, it really was men against boys.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    Manchester United have won the Europa League! 🏆 https://t.co/nuaaUZJcQL

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    90+2'—Waiting to Exhale (0-2)

    Those members of Manchester United's travelling party not involved in the squad are starting to congregate on the edge of the field. Ibrahimovic is among them, leaning up on his crutches while leading the cheers from the United end.

    Richard Jolly @RichJolly

    Wayne Rooney equals Ryan Giggs' record of appearing in four European finals for Manchester United.

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    90'—Manchester United Substitution

    Mata OFF—Wayne Rooney ON.

    After United's club captain comes on to make his 559th (and potentially last?) appearance for the club, the fourth official's board is back up again to reveal they'll be four added minutes.

    Colin NOT Collins @ColinUdoh

    Jose Mourinho aggregate score after 7 previous meetings with Ajax: 22-2 #UELFinal #KweseFootball

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    87'—Sanchez Cleans Up for Ajax (0-2)

    Lingard momentarily looks to be in the clear after breaking free from the halfway line. He has enough pace to stay away from De Ligt but Sanchez storms back to knock the Manchester United substitute off the ball. Brief shouts for a penalty but even Mourinho just wants his player to get up.

    Squawka News @SquawkaNews

    Job done from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 🤝 https://t.co/hprVK13RAm

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    84'—Manchester United Substitution

    Rashford OFF—Anthony Martial ON.

    Squawka Football @Squawka

    Aerial duels won as of the 75th minute: Marouane Fellaini (13) Ajax's entire side (10) Dominated in the air. 💪 https://t.co/F44LIObux0

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    82'—Ajax Substitution

    Riedewald OFF—Frenkie de Jong ON.

    Third and final change for Ajax, so we won't see Kluivert Jr. in action.

    AFC Ajax (English) @AFCAjax_EN

    82' Final substitution #Ajax. ➡️ Frenkie de Jong ⬅️ Jaïro Riedewald #UELfinal #ajaman

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    80'—Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

    10 to go in Stockholm. Whole final feels a bit flat in truth.

    Ajax could play for a week and seemingly wouldn't know how to get through Manchester United's defence (+midfield+two wide men).

    Gabriele Marcotti @Marcotti

    Wonder if someone will ask Bosz if he actually watched United play before tonight. Or if he thought it would be more fun not to prepare.

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    77'—Yellow Cards (Mata & Riedewald)

    Mata is late on De Ligt near the left touchline. In fact he's so late that tackle wouldn't have been on time if the game was played last week.

    The challenge draws a reaction from Riedewald, who gets involved with Herrera and ends up shoving the Spaniard in the chest. He, along with the naughty Mata, see yellow.

    UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague

    Ajax digging deep. Can they find a way back into this game? #UELfinal https://t.co/seCXQwJBZB

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    74'—Manchester United Substitution

    Mkhitaryan OFF—Jesse Lingard ON.

    United's second goalscorer gets a loud ovation from those fans of the team in blue. The arrival of Lingard adds the extra element of pace out wide, too.

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    72'—Free-kick Wasted (0-2)

    A debatable handball decision gifts Ajax the chance to strike for goal. Ziyech has to wait forever to take the free-kick due to an ever-moving wall...then duly hammers his effort straight into it.

    Squawka Football @Squawka

    Joel Veltman is now the oldest Ajax player on the pitch vs. Man Utd. He's 25. 😳 https://t.co/nHQnj9rznz

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    70'—Ajax Substitution

    Schone OFF—Donny van de Beek ON.

    Second change for the Dutch. They need an alteration in their plan rather than a switch in personnel.

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    69'—Rashford into Space (0-2)

    Not for the first time, Rashford has the chance to motor into open territory, only to end up losing possession when he's confronted by a defender.

    Hasn't quite happened for the young England forward. Martial or Lingard instead, perhaps?

    UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague

    Here's the @HenrikhMkh goal that has put @ManUtd in control. #UELfinal https://t.co/3ReizCLQxt

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    64'—Yellow Card (Younes)

    Younes decides it's already time to swap shirts, so tries to pull Valencia's off his back as the full-back gets beyond him on the right touchline.

    Squawka News @SquawkaNews

    Henrik Mkhitaryan loves an unorthodox finish. ⚽️ https://t.co/tFnCnUWh50

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    62'—Ajax Substitution

    Dolberg OFF—David Neres ON.

    Poor Dolberg. This was a chance for the young forward to show what he's all about on the biggest stage. Instead he's spent the majority of his time on the field being nothing more than a spectator.

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    60'—Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

    Mourinho sends out Lingard and Rooney to get loose. Meanwhile, Ajax continue to tap the ball around without any real direction. Ziyech is about the only one capable of causing United problems, yet he's got so little space to work in.

    Phil McNulty @philmcnulty

    Wayne Rooney warming up and gets a big reception from Manchester United's fans.

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    58'—Yellow Card (Veltman)

    Mata is up-ended by Veltman, who decides against chasing back after being beaten out wide and instead just hangs out a leg to trip the Spaniard.

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    56'—Careless from Pogba (0-2)

    Trying to turn out of trouble when surrounded by two players near his own byline, Pogba tries one trick too many and winds up giving away a corner.

    However, his team-mates make sure the error isn't too costly, heading the initial set piece clear before blocking out a secondary cross from the opposite flank.

    Manchester United @ManUtd

    The moment @HenrikhMkh made it 2-0 to #MUFC in the #UELfinal. https://t.co/ZGawStkpnD

  29. Clock Icon7:58 pm

    53'—United We Stand (0-2)

    Briefly Traore thinks he's got the chance to line up a shot from the edge of the area. However, the space disappears in a hurry as three men in blue tops close him down. One of them blocks the eventual effort, allowing Romero to claim the ball as it balloons into the air.

    ESPN FC @ESPNFC

    Zlatan has renamed the Friends Arena. (via IAmZlatan/Instagram) https://t.co/F7cpnMJJh5

  30. Clock Icon7:56 pm

    52'—Yellow Card (Fellaini)

    Having failed to push Schone over, Fellaini decides to trip him up instead. The Belgian becomes the second Manchester United player to see yellow.

    Squawka Football @Squawka

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has more goals (5) in the KO stages of European comps than any other Man Utd player since 2011/12. He joined in 2016. 😳 https://t.co/MPt8b8w6IH

  31. Clock Icon8:43 pm

    50'—United Dangerous on the Counter (0-2)

    Rashford looks set to race away for a chance to make it 3-0 to United, only for Sanchez to match the England international stride for stride before sticking in a wonderfully timed sliding challenge.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    They’ve got Champions League football on the mind. https://t.co/2JUyVXHDe1

  32. Clock Icon7:53 pm

    48'—GOAL MANCHESTER UNITED!

    Mkhitaryan doubles United's lead straight after the break, his sixth goal of the Europa League campaign. He's in the right place to acrobatically flick home from close range after Smalling had headed Mata's right-wing free-kick towards goal.

    Manchester United @ManUtd

    48' - GOAL! Ajax 0 #MUFC 2. @HenrikhMkh doubles the lead! #UELfinal https://t.co/CDcUH4Jrxi

  33. Clock Icon7:45 pm

    First-half Analysis

    Squawka News @SquawkaNews

    Rio Ferdinand: "Manchester United have let Sanchez come out with the ball. Let him bring it out, win the ball and break from there." https://t.co/W4mOe7UY6n

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    Half-time Stats

    Ajax had a lot of ball, for certain. They did not, though, have any idea how to score against United.

    Squawka Football @Squawka

    Ajax 0-1 Man Utd HT: Shots: 6-4 Possession: 60%-40% Chances created: 4-3 Pass accuracy: 82%-67% Take-ons: 11-3 Cagey first half. https://t.co/nCeDNvp2c1

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    HT: Ajax 0-1 Manchester United

    Pogba's 18th-minute goal—one that took a sizeable deflection off defender Sanchez—has Manchester United ahead at the halfway stage of proceedings in Stockholm.

    Squawka News @SquawkaNews

    Marcus Rashford collides with Matthijs de Ligt's thigh... Ouch. 🤕 https://t.co/pBWt24mBkK

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    44'—Darmian Does the Job (0-1)

    A clever one-two briefly gives Traore a glimmer of a gap on the right of the penalty area, only for Darmian to shut the door quickly. The full-back guides the ball out of play before the Ajax player pushes him in the back.

    Squawka Football @Squawka

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan committed as many fouls in the opening 35 minutes as the entire Ajax side combined (4). Getting stuck in. https://t.co/EdjldrM788

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    43'—Quiet Finish to the Half (0-1)

    Poor Dolberg. He's struggling to get any kind of service up front—I've seen postmen deliver more on a Sunday than Ajax's creative players have so far in this first half.

    United have slowed off the pace themselves, seemingly happy to hold on through to the interval.

    Rob Dawson @RobDawsonESPN

    Everything United do has become very laboured. Even walking to pick up the ball for thrown-ins slowly. Almost inviting Ajax to have a go.

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    38'—Signs of Life (0-1)

    Ajax are endlessly passing it around between members of their back four, going from side-to-side without any real purpose or intent.

    Traore does briefly threaten down the right for the Dutch side, twisting and turning his way past Darmian before losing possession as he cut in towards goal.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    Paul Pogba’s next hairstyle? https://t.co/IPRJbLasVI

  39. Clock Icon7:19 pm

    31'—Yellow Card (Mkhitaryan)

    Having kicked rival full-back Veltman over for what could be the third time already, Mkhitaryan becomes the first player to be booked in this final.

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    30'—Ajax 0-1 Manchester United

    Half-an-hour gone and Manchester United have control of this final. Pogba's deflected drive gives them a lead to defend, although Ajax are so far struggling to flow as an attacking force.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    Now he has. 💰 https://t.co/TFGMxtSa2g

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    24'—Valencia Tests Onana (0-1)

    For perhaps the first time in the game, Valencia gets the chance to have a run at rival full-back Riedewald out wide. He flashes beyond the teenager and then lets fly with a powerful drive that Onana beats away at his near post with two hands.

    OptaJean @OptaJean

    3 - @paulpogba is the 3rd French player to score in a major European final in the 21st century (Zidane 2002, Gameiro 2016). Legacy.

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    Stat Alert!

    Manchester United have scored first in three of their five victories in European finals.

    WhoScored.com @WhoScored

    Paul Pogba: Has netted in back-to-back competitive outings having failed to score in his previous 19 appearances

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    18'—GOAL MANCHESTER UNITED!

    Pogba breaks the deadlock! The Frenchman hits a low drive from the edge of the area with his left foot that takes a huge deflection off the closing Sanchez to wrong-foot goalkeeper Onana.

    Ajax's issues of their own making, though. Riedewald had gifted United possession on the left with an awful throw-in.

    Manchester United @ManUtd

    18' - GOAL! Ajax 0 #MUFC 1. @PaulPogba scores! #UELfinal https://t.co/mekLyobb01

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    15'—Traore Tries His Luck (0-0)

    Younes and Klaassen combine on the left to give Traore the chance to take on a shot from a tight angle. His attempt carries good power but is aimed straight at Romero, who flicks the ball up at first before catching the rebound under no pressure whatsoever.

    Squawka News @SquawkaNews

    Sir Alex Ferguson is in the house. 🙌 https://t.co/zNSed1OiYC

  45. Clock Icon6:59 pm

    Previous Meetings

    These teams have gone head-to-head four times in the past—and won two apiece. This is Ajax's 10th major European final compared to United's seven (and they've lost the last two, both to Barcelona).

    Copa90 @Copa90

    The Ajax tifo tonight...👏 #EuropaNights #europaleaguefinal https://t.co/A0g5JQ5uEd

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    10'—Crossing the Gap (0-0)

    Gambling on Rashford flicking on a throw-in, Mata catches up with the ball on the left byline and fizzes over a volleyed cross that just has too much speed on it to pick out the supporting Fellaini.

    Manchester United @ManUtd

    In our hearts. https://t.co/O97mhkLsUW

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    7'—Ajax Trapped Deep (0-0)

    So far, Manchester United are controlling proceedings. It's still early days of course, but they look physically stronger as Ajax struggle to pass the ball beyond the halfway line.

    Forward Traore has to track back to win possession near the right corner flag. Romero's barely had a touch at the other end.

    Andy Mitten @AndyMitten

    https://t.co/Oh2AwEVDCe

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    3'—United Fast Out the Blocks (0-0)

    Mourinho's men haven't wasted much time imposing themselves on a young Ajax team. Mkhitaryan's pass inside from the left briefly gives Rashford hope, only for the forward to be able to spin around and shoot with a defender right at his back.

    Paul Hayward @_PaulHayward

    Mourinho has a 100% record in European finals. And however talented Ajax are, Utd should be able to impose themselves on such a young team.

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    1'—Early Trouble (0-0)

    Goalkeeper Onana and defender Veltman collide as both try to deal with Mata's probing pass aimed at Fellaini inside the opening 30 seconds. Pogba ends up getting the chance to shoot from the rebound, only to send a tame effort well wide of the target.

    Man United News @ManUtdMEN

    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words #mufc #westandtogether https://t.co/8ZGekIuG61

  50. Clock Icon6:47 pm

    1'—We're Underway!

    After a moment of silence, one that bursts quickly into a cacophony of applause right around the stadium, to respect those who lost their lives earlier this week in Manchester, United kick off.

    They are dressed all in blue, with Ajax—nominated as the home team—in their familiar white and red kit.

    Squawka Football @Squawka

    Man Utd haven't lost a single game with Sergio Romero in the team in 2016/17: WWWWWWWWWDWWDWWDD Clean sheets: 11 Conceded: 6 Lucky charm. https://t.co/fvTJM5wBJi

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    Leading the Way

    Voted Players' Player of the Season by his peers, Antonio Valencia now leads Manchester United into action in a major final.

    Richard Jolly @RichJolly

    Antonio Valencia joins Charlton, Robson, Schmeichel, Ferdinand, Giggs & Vidic in captaining Man Utd in a European final.

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    Dutch Delight

    The late Johan Cruyff would've relished seeing Ajax back playing in a European final. Take a look at B/R's wonderful feature on who the Dutchman changed football for so many.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    With Ajax taking centre-stage, revisit the Church of Cruyff, an ode to a legend and ‘godfather of Dutch football' https://t.co/SvXsjO5xK9 https://t.co/OGQKHhI9BD

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    Europa League Final FIFA Sim: Ajax vs. Manchester United

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  54. Clock Icon6:33 pm

    Divided Loyalties?

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Manchester United reach the final, but the Swede is denied the chance to appear in the showpiece on home soil by injury. Still, he's here to support...who? His current employees you'd think, although he has history with Ajax, too!

    B/R Football @brfootball

    Zlatan’s in the house. https://t.co/SBlHRQwbOZ

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    Plenty at Stake

    While a trophy will be handed out to the victorious team today, there's also the added bonus of knowing a win will secure the chance to play in next season's Champions League.

    UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague

    The prize that awaits the #UELfinal winners... 🏆 https://t.co/0gAlKjFULQ

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    Solidarity Away from Home

    Following Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, those Red Devil fans who've travelled to Stockholm are showing their support through flags and songs.

    B/R Football @brfootball

    👊 https://t.co/r3hIkgfsjC

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    Ajax XI

    Matthijs de Ligt becomes the youngest player to appear in a European final—he's just 17 years and 285 days old. Justin Kluivert will have to wait for his chance to impress, as he starts on the bench.

    AFC Ajax (English) @AFCAjax_EN

    Our line-up! Come on boys! ❌ ❌ ❌ #UELfinal #ajaman https://t.co/RRdv7cuOwx

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    Manchester United XI

    As promised, Jose Mourinho sticks with Sergio Romero in goal for the final. Daley Blind partners Chris Smalling in the heart of United's defence, while Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford both start.

    Manchester United @ManUtd

    The #MUFC team for the #UELfinal... https://t.co/nUo3JZ1tpO