Ajax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley Blind

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The interview is being wound up when Juan Mata fields a final question and not even Manchester United's habitually upbeat No8 can hide his sense of deflation as he recalls the squad's usual routine the night before Europa League away ties this season.

Jones accepts their whole campaign is pretty much on a knife-edge depending on what happens in Stockholm's Friends Arena.

On Monday, Manchester United and Ajax engaged in some Twitter "banter" ahead of Wednesday's final. "Thank you. We tried", in what was the shortest press conference of the season without a doubt, the (un) importance of the match itself evident from the first whistle. "It's the last game of the season and we were given a chance to impress".

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.

"We want to play European football, hopefully it is Tuesday and Wednesdays, instead of Thursday's, but if it's Thursdays we will play Thursdays and it wouldn't be an excuse to try to win the title". Don't we deserve respect for that?

The match will be United's 64th and last of the season, and Mourinho used his programme notes on Sunday to blast pundits - including Graeme Souness - who claimed he was wrong to suggest his players were exhausted.

He added: "There's a lot of games". He entered a near-empty media room while the majority of journalists were watching the club's lap of honor for the final game of the season. That means we weren't successful.

"But I can understand the lads' tiredness. We need to give it one more big push on Wednesday".

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'Normally it's dinner time and we'd be round the table having something to eat and then the TV would be put on, ' he says.

"I've picked up a few injuries which were unfortunate".

"This season I've thoroughly enjoyed it under him".

Performance: The star of the show, with his wonderful early strike the highlight of an impressive display, full of confidence.

With this in mind, Mourinho needs to pick a confident attacking line up that will remind United's opponents of exactly what they are up against and set the tone for how they plan to approach the game.

"Especially after the game, I was thinking 'this is what it's all about, it's what dreams are made of".

"He was true to his word".

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