United facing a defining moment - Jones

LONDON ENGLAND- FEBRUARY 26 Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrate victory after the EFL Cup Final match between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium

Manchester United must not underestimate Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League final on Wednesday, defender Daley Blind has said.

Well, with confirmation that Manchester United will travel to Dublin to take on Italian outfit Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, August 2, Mourinho's men are facing the prospect of playing eight pre-season matches before the Premier League campaign even starts on the weekend of 12 August 2017.

Ander Herrera has thanked Gary Neville and credited the former Manchester United star for inspiring the Spain star to turn himself into a mainstay of Jose Mourinho's side.

"It's a defining moment in our season - we need to make sure we win".

"We want Champions League football, it's what we have to do to win the game".

Attention now turns to the Europa League with the reward of a Champions League berth should they win it, however that is not something Herrera will be using as motivation.

"Many in Holland said it was not possible for a Dutch team to play in the final because the financial difference in Europe between the big clubs and the Dutch clubs is so big now, but we managed it", Ajax manager Peter Bosz told a media conference over the weekend. You can find a way or another way, then it can be a different approach and a different style, but the ultimate aim is to win. "Right now there is only one game that counts, and that is the final".

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The historic significance of the date will not be lost on Ajax as the final will be played 22 years to the day after their storied 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the 1995 Champions League final.

The Spain worldwide pipped top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world record signing Paul Pogba to United's Player of the Season award in his third campaign at the club, in which he has grown into one of Mourinho's most loyal disciples.

Commenting on the club's summer plans, United's executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, said: "The team has a good variety of games over the summer, playing in great stadiums and allowing a large number of our global family of fans to see live games across the world". I feel privileged to play for Manchester United.

Unlike Manchester United, Mata has won this competition before, with Chelsea in 2013. "That's what I am going to have in my mind".

'We have the chance to win the biggest thing since I came to the club. It is something when I'm old I will always be proud of'.

Mata admits losing is not an option for Mourinho because he has never met anyone yet who hates being second best more than his United boss.



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