Matthijs de Ligt says Manchester United are favourites heading into the Europa League final but hasn’t ruled Ajax completely out of the tie.
The 17-year-old Dutch international defender, who played 11 times in the league for Ajax this season, scoring two goals, could become the youngest footballer ever to play in a European club final, if selected on Wednesday.
Speaking in the build up to the match, the young defender told NOS: “It’s a 50/50 game where Manchester United are perhaps slight favorites but if we play our game we have a chance of winning. As a defender a 1-0 win would be nice.”
He added that he has developed a lot at the Eredivisie club, where they missed out on the league title, by one point to champions Feyenoord.
He said: “I like to speak to the press ahead of matches. I learnt at school how you must address people.
“I made my Jupiler League debut last August for Jong Ajax v FC Emmen. You see how quickly things can develop. Ajax have a lot of players knocking on the door of the first team.”