'Football feast' overshadowed by Manchester attack, says Ajax boss

Despite being the most friendly, upbeat named stadium around, a Manchester chief Superintendent John O'Haire thought there will be plenty of hooliganism going on - and that was before the May 22 terrorism attack at Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena.

So, there will be plenty of pressure on Manchester United when they play Ajax in the final of the Europa League in Stockholm on Wednesday.

"There is now no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks", a statement from European football's governing body read.

"I've got a grandchild, I've got a kid", he told the Press Association in Stockholm, where he was when news of the attack on Manchester filtered through.

Pogba also said that United have managed to shut up their critics by adding the Europa League to the EFL Cup and Community Shield trophies they have already won this season.

UEFA confirmed early Tuesday that the final would go ahead as planned and Bosz said that the decision was out of his control, even if there is a "shadow hanging over this match".

Man United paid tribute to the victims of Monday's attack in Manchester, holding a minute of silence before training.

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"The feeling that prevails for me is that the final doesn't have this glow that it should have".

Just last month Stockholm was hit by an attack as a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds, killing five people.

United certainly have the firepower and experience to end up on the winning side, especially when you compare them to a talented, but young Ajax side. It should be a football feast but because of the events in Manchester we are all affected, particularly as we are playing Manchester.

The win earned United the bonus prize of a place in next season's Champions League and meant coach Jose Mourinho finished his first season at England's biggest club with two trophies. "It is awful. My sympathies are heartfelt".

Bosz said the wives and children of some Ajax players attended one of the pop star's concerts in Amsterdam about two weeks ago.

"It's devastating", said midfielder Lasse Schone. It's so close. It's bad, it's disgusting.

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