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Ajax v Man United Betting Tips – 24th May 2017

For Manchester United, the whole season comes down to one game. Yes, Jose Mourinho’s men have already won the EFL Cup and finished sixth in the Premier League table but the season was all about qualifying for the Champions League and Wednesday’s Europa League final in Stockholm is the only way of achieving that goal.

Standing in Man United and Mourinho’s way is one of the most exciting young sides in Europe, Ajax. Peter Bosz has routinely put out sides with an average age of around 21 which results in a fearless style of football. En route to the final, Ajax scored in all of their knockout fixtures including putting four past Lyon at the Amsterdam Arena and it’s that sort of performance which will have Man United fans most worried.

We’ve known for a long time that Jose Mourinho is not the sort of manager who likes to fight fire with fire. He’s built a hugely successful career by nullifying the strengths of his opponents but there is a feeling that that style of negative, defensive football is not right for a club with Man United’s history. Mourinho will have to improve his team from an attacking point of view over the next couple of seasons but for now, he’ll be employing every tactic in his armoury to get over the line at the Friends Arena.

There is always the danger that a match of this importance will get to the players on the pitch. However, the clash of styles between these two sides could ensure an all-time classic Europa League final. Many of Ajax’s wonderful young players may be on the move in the summer but for now they’ve got the confidence both as individuals and collectively to take the game to United. Meanwhile, it will be up to the organisation of Mourniho’s defence and midfield to keep Ajax at bay before turning to their own young talented forwards to do the damage up front.

Betting Predictions

  • Man United to lift the trophy - Anybody who saw Ajax’s win over Lyon will know just what Bosz’s team are capable of. However, they fell short when it really mattered in the closing stages of the Eredivise where Feyenoord pipped them to the title and it could be a case of experience getting the job done again in Stockholm. Man United will do everything possible to ensure they lift the title and they should manage that at a best price of 1/2 with Bet365.
  • Both teams to score - One of the major concerns about Mourinho’s Man United is their lack of goals. Their penultimate away game of the season against Tottenham brought their first goal against a top six side away from Old Trafford. United surely won’t get away without scoring against Ajax. The Dutch side will pose a constant threat be make sure to back both teams to score at 21/20 with Betfair.
  • Man United to win in extra time - With Ajax’s undoubted quality and Man United’s experience and desperation to get the job done, we could be looking at a match that goes beyond the 90 minutes. It could, therefore, be worth having a bet on man United to win in extra time at 9/1 with Bet365.
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