Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Van der Sar: Young Ajax won't be fazed by United

Van der Sar: Young Ajax won't be fazed by United

United manager Jose Mourinho said he and his players were finding it hard not to think about the attack, which targeted fans leaving a pop concert by the American singer Ariana Grande and left 59 people injured.

"Of course, we got to the final with a certain way of playing, it's our forte", he told a pre-match news conference.

"We can't take out of our minds and hearts the victims and their families", Mourinho said in comments published on Twitter by United.

"On behalf of the players and the staff, we at Ajax would like to express sympathy with the victims who unfortunately fell yesterday". Nobody is more excited than us about this final, regardless of the age of the players.

"It is a match that Manchester wants to win, that we want to win and that we are going to try to win".

"It would be very fitting".

Man United paid tribute to the victims of Monday's attack in Manchester, holding a minute of silence before training.

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Manchester United will be missing a number of key players for the game at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. As the coach just said, Ariana Grande performed in Amsterdam two weeks ago.

Ajax will be appearing in their first European final since losing on penalties to Juventus in the 1996 Champions League final. "I'd like to say it in Dutch to find the right words".

The 29-year-old is a Manchester United season ticket holder and has travelled to Sweden with his brother, John.

United's performances during this season's tournament suggested their players were not sure how much they wanted to win it either.

Last month, a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund team was hit by three explosions. We have to win this trophy and it's important for next season to be in the Champions League.

"I do expect the Manchester-born lads to step up though because they will know exactly what this means for the city".

The head of security at the Swedish Football Association, that co-organises Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final, Martin Fredman, said security was already on high alert after Sweden suffered an attack in April when a truck drove into a crowd killing five people. But UEFA also said it has "no specific intelligence" that the final featuring Manchester United will be a target.

However, they're warning fans to arrive in plenty of time to get through security checks at the stadium.

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