Ajax coach: Final was ‘boring’ v ‘long ball’ United

Matt Stead

Manchester United’s “long ball” tactics contributed to a “boring” Europa League final, according to Ajax head coach Peter Bosz.

United swept aside Ajax with ease in Stockholm, with goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealing the victory.

Ajax were disappointing in Sweden, rarely threatening Sergio Romero’s goal despite boasting 67% possession.

For head coach Bosz, the frustration was clear as his side faltered in their bid to win their first European trophy in 22 years.

“We’re obviously disappointed,” the Dutchman said.

“I didn’t see the Ajax team I’m used to, pressing and competing for first balls. We only got second balls.

“High pressing was difficult because Man United only played long balls and didn’t take any risks in the build-up.

“I thought the game was boring. We went behind to a deflected shot and then it was very difficult against such a side.

“We didn’t have many chances. We weren’t good enough.

“I think there’s a big difference in how the teams play – it’s not about strength but how you use your bodies.

“Often, to win finals you must first lose them.

“It’s all new for all my team. They will learn a lot from it and if we keep the squad together they will be stronger for it.”