Still having a soft spot for his Former Club AFC Ajax, Edgar Davis believed that Ajax was the best side to win the Europa League Title but it happened that Jose Mourinho and his men grabbed the League Cup amidst the fear the terror attack left on their minds.
Edgar Davis was with Ajaz from 1991-1996 and rejoined them for the years 2007-2008. In an interview with CNN a day before the Europa League Final this is what he had to say. “It’s definitely going to be very hard but I’ve seen United play so far this season and I was definitely not impressed- absolutely not impressed” former Ajax player Edgar Davis told CNN.
“Even last week when I saw the game, they didn’t look like Manchester United so that definitely gives Ajax a big chance to win, as does Ajax’s style of play. But on the other hand, they still have two or three players that can still decide a game in a second.” he added.
Manchester United were without Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Paul Pogba came through for them with an opener and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the 2nd goal to give them a win. Manchester United lifted their 1stEuropa league Cup ever in their history.
Davis must have thought wrong about Ajax winning but the fact still remains that Manchester United no longer “looks like Manchester United”. They had a lot of draw games this season, especially at the Old Trafford and we cannot determine if it’s because the players were injury prone or because Jose Mourinho’s tactics were failing.
They might have won the League Cup but it doesn’t make them the best team. Ajax Coach, Peter Bosz described Manchester United’s way of winning the Europa League title as “boring“. Manchester United had 33% possession and managed only 4 shots on target but since matches are not won with possessions, they carried the day.
Manchester United have won 3 trophies this year with Jose Mourinho; Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League Cup despite being 6th on the Premier League table. They have become the 3rd Club to win all of the 3 EUFA Competitions.
Jose Mourinho won the Premier League with Chelsea in the 2nd season of his 2nd spell at the Stamford Bridge but he failed in the 3rd year and got sacked. In his 3rd year, his issues with the players run down from the locker room to the pitch and a world class player like Eden Hazard was swallowed up in the turbulence. Next season at Manchester United would be a sight to behold; would Mourinho change his tactics or would he position players at their rightful positions?