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Europa League final combined XI (Manchester United and Ajax)

 

GK: Sergio Romero 

The Argentine has been absolutely superb in between the sticks for United in the Europa League. It was Romero’s saves which were very crucial to help them come through the semi-finals against Celta Vigo especially in the second leg. Mourinho has confirmed that Romero will start in the final and one can expect him to be at his best.

 

RB: Antonio Valencia

The right back has been arguably United’s one of best players this season. The Ecuadorian will by very crucial to both United’s attack and defence and he will be one of those inspirational figures on the pitch United definitely need to show up.

 

CB: Davinson Sanchez

Sanchez only joined Ajax last year after rejecting the chance to join Barcelona B. The move has done wonders for him on a personal level as he has developed into a beast at the back, with Barcelona eyeing a move for him this summer. It is not going to be easy for United to beat past him.

 

CB: Daley Blind

Blind wouldn’t have made this list had Eric Bailly not been suspended for the final. He remains important at the back with his reading and understanding of the game, especially when it is his former club that United will be facing. He has to step his game up and lead the backline to stay as compact as possible.

 

LB: Daley Sinkgraven

Daley’s time at Ajax looked in trouble as he struggled to have an impact as an attacking midfielder or a winger at the Dutch club after arriving this summer. But it was Marc Overmars’ optimistic and positive approach that transformed Daley into an energetic left-back, and he has done well ever since then.

 

CM: Marouane Fellaini

One can argue about this choice but cannot certainly deny the contribution of Fellaini in the Europa League. His goal against Celta Vigo turned out to be a very crucial goal as United just managed to see out the semifinals. His physical presence has been very important, and in the absence of Eric Bailly, Fellaini’s role defensively will intensify.

 

CM: Paul Pogba

His goals and assists this season do not count for the way Pogba has played. He has been quite creative, perhaps not at his best but certainly effective. Manchester United will look upon him to make the difference in Stockholm, and there is no better chance for Pogba to prove his worth than in the Europa final.

 

CAM: Davy Klassen

The Ajax captain has been fantastic for the Dutch side and led with the perfect example. The 24-year-old is a very talented midfielder who probably has the same zeal has Frank Lampard used to have to get late into the box and score crucial goals. Klassen is worth keeping an eye on for the United midfielders and defence as he will be floating around the United box every now and then.

 

CAM: Henrik Mkhitaryan

It is safe to say that the Armenian is not in his best form at United, but he sure has stepped up with some important goals for the Red Devils in the Europa League. Having already scored five goals in the Europa League this season, Mkhitaryan is one likely candidate to score in Stockholm.

 

ST: Marcus Rashford 

It was very concerning when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out for the rest of the season after the match against Anderlecht, but Rashford has stepped up immensely to take his place and influence the game upfront. His crazy pace and abilities on the ball have been a joy to watch, and he will be one of the biggest threats on the pitch in the final.

 

ST: Kasper Dolberg

The 19-year-old has been excellent for Ajax both in the Eredivisie and the Europa League. He has already scored six goals in the Europa league and has been efficient on the left, right and centre. He will be Ajax’s biggest threat going forward and something for Jose Mourinho to tackle tactfully. 

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