Ajax – Manchester United: A collection of previews

With what is arguably the biggest game in over a decade for a Dutch club side on the horizon, we at BeNeFoot felt it would be appropriate to put together a list of articles and shows that would add something to the experience of watching the final.

The Manager

Ahead of the 2016/17 season, Peter McVitie reflected on Peter Bosz’ career leading up to the Ajax appointment, touching upon his past at Feyenoord, being their director in tough times and revitalizing his career as manager of Heracles & Vitesse. (BeNeFoot).

The Club

Jacob  Steinberg discusses Peter Bosz’ impact on Ajax and their Europa League run, how he was inspired by Johan Cruijff & Barcelona, and talks to Edwin van der Sar about Ajax, giving a unique insight into the workings of the club. (The Guardian)

Jonathan Liew interviewed Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars, who after many years of criticism, seems to have finally struck gold with his preparations for this season. He discusses the reality that clubs like Ajax face as well as how he himself nearly moved to Man United in 1996. (Daily Telegraph)

Jack Pitt-Brooke also talks to the former Ajax winger, with Marc Overmars comparing the 1995 side with the current Ajax team, touching upon the many talented youngsters in the squad at the moment and how the Ajax values should always remain the same, despite the changing environment of football. (The Independent)

Elko Born talks about Ajax’ attempts to return to its roots and how Peter Bosz has accelerated the process in recent months, with Matthijs de Ligt an example of a player that’s been given trust and has been allowed to fail in order to succeed. (Eurosport)

Marc Geschwind takes a detailed look at everything Peter Bosz has changed since he was hired this season, discussing tactics, mentality and a change in policy.  (Everything is Futbol)

Michiel Jongsma on BBC Sport details how Peter Bosz has taken Ajax in a more Cruijffian direction after the more Van Gaal minded Frank de Boer and how the young team is relishing the chance to put their name in the history books.


The Players

Davy Klaassen, the captain and true leader of Ajax on the pitch, is bound to have a crucial role to play in the middle of the park. Peter McVitie discusses the midfielder that once was compared to Xavi and Toni Kroos by none other than Johan Cruijff. (Goal)

Davinson Sanchez, one of Ajax’ players of the season, profiled by Peter McVitie. The 20-year-old Colombian has made an instantaneous impact in his first season in Europe and will be a key figure in the final too. (Goal)

Kasper Dolberg made an incredible impact on Ajax’ season, becoming their top goalscorer in his first year at the highest level. Ed Aarons talks to Jens Steffensen, Dolberg’s agent, about the development of the young Danish forward. (The Guardian)

Justin Kluivert, being the son of legend Patrick Kluivert, has naturally dominated headlines this season. Jack Pitt-Brooke interviewed Justin and profiled him in an insightful piece. (The Independent)

David Neres does not feel any pressure, despite being the third-most expensive transfer ever for Ajax. Peter McVitie profiles the young Brazilian, who has been compared with Neymar and is expected to be a starter next season. (Goal)

Previewing the Final

A tactical preview from an Ajax point of view on the game against Manchester United by Priya Ramesh. (BeNeFoot)

Priya Ramesh goes through the Ajax team and weighs up their chances ahead of the clash with Manchester United, as she states Ajax will have to set the tone in the first 15 minutes of the game. (Investobet)

Peter McVitie talks to the EIF-podcast, previewing the Europa League final. (Everything is Futbol)

Michiel Jongsma talks to Paul Ansorge as they preview the Europa League final, from a Manchester United perspective and with a view from the Dutch. (United Rant)

Priya Ramesh talks to Mike Goodman and Michael Caley on Ajax’ success this season and what their strengths and weaknesses are ahead of the game. (Double Pivot)

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