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Tracking the Very Different Trajectories of Man Utd and Ajax Since 2017 Europa League Final

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? Manchester United and Ajax found themselves enjoying, or not enjoying, vastly different fortunes in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with English regret and misery at Camp Nou cut with Dutch jubilation and triumph in Turin.

Having won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal the previous May, new manager Jose Mourinho guided the club to League Cup and Europa League trophies, a first 'double' since netting the League Cup and Premier League during the 2008/09 campaign.

It was less than two years ago that United and Ajax met in the Europa League final.

United struggled in the Premier League, finishing sixth, meaning that winning the Europa League was their only hope of getting back into the Champions League.

Ajax, on the other hand, kept their incredible journey alive, beating Juventus 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium to knock out the reigning Italian champions on their own pitch, adding the scalp to their collection after already humiliating Real Madrid this season.

Needing a historic miracle to get this far, United crashed out of the Europe's elite club competition after slumping to a 3-0 defeat against Barcelona, 4-0 on aggregate, their deficiencies at this level, both mental and technical, horribly exposed.

But defeat in the FA Cup final was a disappointment, as was a dismal performance in the Champions League round of 16 against Sevilla.
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