MAN UNITED should justify their favourites' tag to win the Europa League tonight.
The Stockholm final is a contrast of styles – clinical but dull United versus an attacking and exhilarating Ajax.
Neutrals will be pulling for the dazzling Dutch but Jose Mourinho is certain to come up with a plan that negates their quality and ambition as he aims to qualify for the Champions League.
Mourinho's style doesn't please the eye but usually gets the job done and he rarely loses finals. He's won 11 out of 13 – and the two defeats came after 90 minutes.
United are missing several key players including Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but have enough experience to frustrate a side whose average age was 22 in their semi-final defeat of Lyon.
There's more at stake for United and I can see them winning 1-0 or 2-1 in normal time. They are a best 17-20 at betfair while the Dutch will attract backers at 4-1 with Marathonbet. A draw pays 5-2 at McBookie.
On the way to Stockholm all Ajax's best results came at home and there is a question mark over how well the kids travel losing away to Copenhagen, Schalke and Lyon.
Peter Bosz's side boast exciting forwards such as Bertrand Traore and Kasper Dolberg but it could be a more experienced player in Davy Klaasen who gives the defence more trouble.
The Dutchman has netted 16 times this season and is 5-1 at bet365 to net at any time.
United have young guns of their own and the most likely scorer is Marcus Rashford. In the knockout stages he scored at home to Anderlecht and hit the winner at Celta Vigo.
Rashford is 17-10 at Ladbrokes to score and 11-2 with Skybet to break the deadlock.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also been a key performer in Europe and is 21-20 at bet365 to net at anytime.
Most people expect Ajax to score but I'm not sure. Eleven of United's last 13 have gone under 2.5 goals so consider that at 13-10 with betfair.
Bets to Consider
Rashford to score