Mourinho: Manchester will pull together as one

Lawrence Kim
May 24, 2017

Ajax Amsterdam's youthful squad will not be overawed by the occasion when they face Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday, former Ajax and United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has said.

Manchester United's preparations for Wednesday's Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

"We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we can not take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families", the Portuguese said. "We are sure that, in the circumstances, you will all understand our position on this matter", the statement said.

Manchester United staff have been sent an email by the club's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward reassuring them after the attack in the city on Monday evening. They might go into this final as second favourites, but they can not be taken lightly by any stretch of imagination. "It's important that Mourinho buys players that are proven in this league". "All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium".

As well as the record of higher ranked sides, also in Utd's favour is Mourinho's record in major cup finals, which is a pretty special 11 out of 13 so far, with both of the instances of him failing to lift the trophy coming after defeats in extra time. "Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected".

Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said there has been no threat to the match.

United will go into the game at Stockholm's Friends Arena on 25 May fresh having rested a catalogue of players in their final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.

The shop window of the Europa League final in Stockholm means Ajax can expect added interest in a bevy of players already earmarked for the exit door at lucrative profit for the Amsterdam club. I have been asked a few times about it and I always say I don't have a preference because sometimes you perform better as a No. 6, sometimes it's better to be No. 8 and sometimes it's better to be No. 10.

Man United player Jesse Lingard?tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by last nights attack on this handsome city".

Mourinho would love to have a player of Neymar's caliber in his team, but their crosstown rivals, Manchester City, are also interested in the Brazilian forward.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany wrote on Twitter: "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims".

The incident is being treated by police as a terror attack, with Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins later confirming that the suspect died at the scene after allegedly detonating an "improvised explosive device".

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