Europa League Final 2017 – Man Utd V Ajax

Manchester United are in the Europa League final, but when exactly is the climax to Europe’s second-tier competition?

United reached the final with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Celta Vigo, and will face Ajax, who beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate.

And here is all you need to know about the showdown, including when it is, where it is being held and what added incentive awaits the winners…

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What time is kick-off?

The match gets underway at 7.45pm BST.

Where is the final?

The final is being held at Solna’s Friends Arena in Stockholm. The ground has a capacity of 50,000 and was the scene of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s never-to-be-forgotten wonder goal in Sweden’s 4-2 friendly international win over England in 2012.

The Friends Arena hosts this season’s Europa League final

However, the Swede will not be featuring in his homeland after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the quarter-finals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) celebrates after scoring that wondergoal against England at the Friends Arena in 2014

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Did you know?

Stockholm is the only European city to have hosted the final of all four major international football events – the men’s and women’s World Cup and the men’s and women’s European Championships.

It’s all to play for in Solna…

Not only do the winners get to lift a new trophy this month after Sevilla won it for a third straight time last year, but they will also be given safe passage into the group stage of next season’s Champions League.

Big incentive for United

Europe’s second trophy is the only one the Red Devils have never won in either its current or previous form as the UEFA Cup.

“It would be great to close the circle and say we won every competition in the football world,” said United manager Jose Mourinho ahead of his side’s first leg semi-final tie with Celta.

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