Manchester United completed the jigsaw. The Europa League was the only major piece of silverware missing from the trophy cabinet, and now, the 2016/17 season will always go down as the one where that gap was filled. Credit to every single player in our squad.
Credit to Jose Mourinho, too. The manager got his tactics spot on. He frustrated Ajax by refusing to play right into their hands. However, that seems to have infuriated their manager Peter Bosz, who claims that the game was boring and that Manchester United only played long balls…
“I’m disappointed because you play finals to win them. We didn’t,” Bosz told Sky Sports News in his post-match press conference.
“I haven’t seen the Ajax that I’m used to, which means good football, high pressing and being dominant.”
“High pressing was difficult because Man United only played long balls and didn’t take any risks in the build-up. I think it was a boring game. There were no chances from both sides.”
I’m sorry, but this just stinks of bitterness. I get the fact that emotions would have been high directly after losing a final, but come off it. At the end of the day, why on earth would Jose Mourinho go into that game playing to Ajax’s strengths?
It’s the job of a manager to adapt his side to certain situations. The Dutch team like to press hard to intercept the short pass, so Manchester United played it long to prevent that from happening; hence why the likes of Marouane Fellaini played to win the aerial battle.
At the end of the day, Bosz’s team weren’t anywhere near good enough and they didn’t threaten us whatsoever. I’m sorry that we didn’t play right into your hands, Ajax, but we found a way to win and exploited your weaknesses.