Mourinho's final press conference lasts just 11 seconds

Ajax go into Wednesday night's Europa League final in Stockholm as underdogs against English giants Manchester United, but coach Peter Bosz says that means the pressure will be off.

SIXTH PLACE FOR UNITED The 2016/17 Premier League season is over and United finished sixth, which was already confirmed ahead of Sunday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Now we are playing in the Europa League and if we win it as I did a few years ago [with Chelsea], it's a double bonus, as it's a trophy and a Champions League spot, so it's very important for us. "We didn't choose Europa League, we had to do it because if I have Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, if I have these guys, I can rotate".

"We have two world-class goalkeepers like I have always said and two great people and good friends also", he said.

The success of United's season is likely to rest on the outcome of the game in Sweden, with Herrera acknowledging that the club are 90 minutes away from something "amazing". I think he's got a terrific balance going into Wednesday. His reintroduction, fittingly accompanied by the Manchester sun, breathed life into every corner of Old Trafford, and reminded everyone of the crucial impact he has on this United side.

"I've said all along that whoever plays will go out and do the job to the best of their ability".

The 20-year-old added: 'If you want to be a top, top player, you have to play in pressured environments in these games. "I would rather have had them in the semi-final", he was quoted. "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.

"We can make history for the club, so that's the only thing I have in my mind", he added.

"They always help me and they make sure I improve all the time and get better each day".

He didn't just bolster United's midfield, giving it more fluidity and substance; he put smiles on the faces of supporters again, not long after what would have been an immensely hard family grievance. Later, speaking to the print press, Mourinho defended his decision to focus on the Europa League, saying he had no choice.

It appeared there might be some tension between Mourinho and Jones when the manager last month publicly urged the player to "be brave" and take a risk in terms of his recovery and making himself available for selection.

Vanessa Coleman

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