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Before the match, there will be a minute of silence to remember those killed in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester.

The club's mandatory pre-match press conference ahead of the final was cancelled, with Mourinho instead issuing a statement and expressing his sympathy to all the victims and their families. United's players are automatically docked 25% of their salaries if the team fails to qualify for the Champions League.

In the end, though, whatever the similarities with this Europa League final has with Liverpool's 2005 Champions League triumph, this game will be unlike any other. Outside the stadium, at the Vapiano bar squeezed in between the Mall of Scandinavia and the Friends Arena, a banner draped over the balcony said: "United Against Terrorism. I know they are young and we have to help them but we have been preparing for this game since our semi-final win against Lyon". Mourinho was thrown up in the air by his coaching staff in the post-match celebrations, he rolled around on the ground with his son, and jumped up and down in frenzied fashion just before United captain Wayne Rooney lifted the trophy.

"Members of our family of fans and our home community have been affected and we will be reaching out to provide the support of the club in what must be an unimaginably hard time", Woodward wrote.

According to our predictions, Manchester United will win tonight even though their form is not that good, based on their previous meets against Ajax, they are today's favorite team.

Ajax were pipped to the Dutch title by bitter rivals Feyenoord, and though they made next season's Champions League qualifiers, they will be eager to add to their European trophy cabinet.

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United now have a superior coefficient of 93,315 and a victory for the Red Devils on Wednesday night will see them leapfrog Spurs into Pot 2. It was always only going to be just a game of football after the horrific events of Monday night but it was played in great spirit.

"It'll provide extra motivation to represent the city and to hopefully bring the trophy back with us", he says.

"We tried our best to focus on the game". So imagine what the United players are thinking now because it's happened in our city.But they have to be professional.

United enter the final as favourites, but their performances under Mourinho have resembled those under Van Gaal despite heavy spending which saw them lure Paul Pogba back from Juventus for a world record fee of 105 million euros.



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