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Ajax’s Davy Klaassen slams ‘lucky’ Man United over long-ball tactics in Europa League final

Jose Mourinho's side sat deep and played direct football to great effect against Dutch rivals

This is what Jose Mourinho does.

Ajax’s Davy Klaassen has slammed Man United’s long-ball tactics and labelled their victory ‘lucky’.

A dejected Davy Klassen walks past the Europa League trophy

Look what you could have won

The Special One set his side out to sit deep and fire the ball directly to Marouane Fellaini or Marcus Rashford.

And while Klaassen admits his side wee not good enough, he claimed United’s negative mentality was partly to blame.

The 24-year-old No10 told RTL7 : “We were simply not good enough. It is very difficult against a team like that.

“You know they are just waiting and then kick it long. They scored two lucky goals.

“We didn’t start well. We had a bit more possession after 15, 20 minutes or so. They just waited around. Both of their goals were lucky.

“There were not an awful lot of real chances. We tried to play our way through, but we were not good enough. It will have something to do with our opponent.

“They knew exactly what to do. And when you are not on top of your game, it is very difficult.”

That’s how football works, mate.

Jose Mourinho got his tactics spot on as United dominated their Dutch rivals despite having none of the ball

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Winning isn’t boring

United took the lead through Paul Pogba’s deflected strike before Henrikh Mkhitaryan improvised brilliantly to hook in from close range.

Peter Bosz agreed with Klassen’s comments – claiming both sides played their part in making the showpiece a dull affair.

He said: “I’m disappointed because you play finals to win them. We didn’t.

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

“I think it was a boring game. There were no chances from both sides.”

Honestly, it’s like they’ve never watched Mourinho manage before.