Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Europa League final is one of the most important games of my life

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he’s determined ahead of one of the most important games of his life.

Jose Mourinho‘s men face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday in Stockholm and the side must win as they hope to get back into the Champions League ahead of next season.

The game is even more important after recent Premier League results, as a top four finish is no longer possible, all emphasis has been placed on winning the Europa League.

Speaking about his plans, Mkhitaryan claims defeat is not an option.

“I can say that of course there is only one choice and that is to win, we are not going to the final to lose,” he said.

“We want to win and have to win, for us it is very important to win this trophy, and also the opportunity to play in the Champions League because Manchester United are not the team who has to play three years in a row in the Europa League.

“It’s going to be one of the most important games in my life. I don’t want to lose this opportunity. I am only thinking of winning that game, I know we are able to win, and I know it will be a big pleasure to win it.

“If we are going to win the Europa League final it will be an amazing season for us, because have already won two trophies, and this one would be the third one.

“I will not be nervous because I’m not a kid anymore. I know how to handle the pressure, how to get ready for that game, just play my game and be myself.

“I watched some Ajax games, they are a young team, have very good football players individually, and I can say they are very aggressive, they are trying to play the football they are used to playing.”

He’s endured a mixed season at Old Trafford and although he’s struggled with consistency, it’s clear that he’s incredibly talented.

There’s a massive task ahead against Ajax and hopes are the players are in top form as the clash will not be easy.

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