Jose Mourinho says people of Manchester 'will pull together' after bomb attack

Kick-off is set for 19:45 BST, so stick with us until then as we build up to the game, with team news expected about an hour before the start.

And not for its famous manager, whose first year at United would be widely viewed as a failure. All signs indicate Phil Jones would replace him at centre-back next to Daley Blind.

United have confirmed that the players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect this evening, with a minute's silence to be held before the final.

But a sixth-place finish is lower than what Mourinho's predecessor, Louis van Gaal, managed in his two seasons, which concluded in fourth and fifth places.

For England's biggest club, it's time to deliver. "Members of our family of fans and our home community have been affected and we will be reaching out to provide the support of the club in what must be an unimaginably hard time, " Woodward wrote United were due to fly to Stockholm, scene of the final, later on Tuesday, but the club cancelled their pre-match press conference scheduled to take place at the city's Friends Arena.

However, the cup competitions have been a source of success with one major trophy already in the cabinet in the shape of the EFL Cup and, after also winning the Community Shield, a third piece of silverware along with a place in the Champions League could ultimately show the season in a very different light.

There have been a lot of speculations regarding Wayne Rooney's future and reports claim that he is looking for a team in Chinese Super league or MLS. They shouldn't have the opportunity to play the Europa League.

Ajax is the underdog given the inexperience of the squad compared with a United squad boasting stellar talents from Europe but they will be desperate for European glory again - 22 years after their last triumph. For all his perceived downsides — a cautious, pragmatic style on the field and a confrontational, fight-picking approach off it — he has been a rapid hoarder of trophies throughout his coaching career.

Two cups and Champions League qualification would amount to a successful first season at United.

"You know in Stockholm there was a terrorist attack on April 7 so I really feel that the impact of (the suicide attack in) Manchester will not make us work in another way than what we've planned before".

It will be interesting to see who Mourinho goes for between Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini but I think he'll go with the experience of Carrick and use Fellaini as an impact substitute.

While few have time for Mourinho's press conference "blame games", there is no doubt he is justified in highlighting United's lengthy injury list during a busy season finale.

For Mourinho, there is also his own "brand" to consider. "It is no longer about silveware, but it is about football, because football defines Manchester right across the world". "Let's try to win and, if we win, it will be a good season", says Mata, a $61 million purchase for United in 2014.