Manchester United XI from 2017 Europa League final - only Marcus Rashford remains at club
With several first team players leaving as free agents at the end of this month – Manchester United will begin a new era under Erik ten Hag.
Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will all be available to be signed on free transfers this summer.
Ten Hag will be losing a lot of experience in the United dressing room, but the quintets departure could signal the start of a savage rebuild at Old Trafford this summer.
Nevertheless, the departures of Pogba and Mata mean that Marcus Rashford is the only player who remains at the club after starting the 2017 Europa League final under Jose Mourinho.
United in Focus takes a look back at the Manchester United XI from the 2017 Europa League final success against Ajax.
Manchester United XI from 2017 Europa League final
The Argentine played in all but three of United’s 2016-17 Europa League games and Romero was the man that Mourinho stuck with throughout the knockout stages.
Unlike under the Portuguese, when Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in August 2020, the Norwegian decided to replace Romero with David de Gea for the last-four clash.
The 33-year-old didn’t feature for United at all in his final season at the club and he’s currently playing in Italy with Venezia.
With Wayne Rooney on the bench, Valencia captained United for the showpiece against Peter Bosz’s young Ajax side at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
After ten years at United, the Ecuadorian moved back to his homeland in July 2019 before retiring in May last year after a brief spell in Mexico.
The former England international recently added the UEFA Conference League to his CV after winning the inaugural competition under Mourinho at AS Roma.
Smalling has spent three seasons in Italy after being signed on a permanent deal following an initial season-long loan in the Eternal City.
Playing alongside Smalling at the heart of United’s defence, Blind ousted his former side to get his hands on the European trophy.
The Netherlands international returned to Ajax after being signed by Ten Hag and the left footer has already backed his former coach to succeed at Old Trafford.
The versatile full-back started at left-back for the clash in Stockholm, but following the Europa League success – the Italian’s game time under Mourinho and Solskjaer started to significantly reduce.
The former Torino man, who has played for both Manchester United and Inter Milan, has won three trophies in two seasons with the Nerazzurri.
In the Manchester United XI from 2017 Europa League final – Darmian was the final piece of the jigsaw.
It was the Frenchman’s deflected strike which broke the deadlock in the 2017 Europa League final, and the goal seemed to calm United down.
The all-action Spaniard played alongside Pogba for the final against the young Amsterdam giants and Herrera was reliable as ever.
After a breakdown in contract talks – the former Athletic Bilbao man left the Red Devils on a free transfer to join Paris Saint Germain – where he remains, in 2019.
Despite leaving Chelsea to join United following a lack of game time under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge – the pair were reunited at the Theatre of Dreams.
The classy and elegant Spaniard will leave United this summer after eight-and-a-half years with the club.
So often the go to man under Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, the Belgian’s physical presence and aerial prowess gave United a different option.
The towering Belgian is still playing in China after making the move from United in February 2019.
It was the Armenian’s instinctive finish which doubled United’s lead in the 2017 final and his goal came just after half-time.
The 33-year-old, who like Smalling won the Conference League with Mourinho at the Giallorossi, looks set to join Inter Milan on a free transfer this summer, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Rashford is the only remaining player who started Manchester United’s last trophy triumph which came five years ago.
The England international who seemingly faces a battle to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad will be hoping to start the season with a bang under new boss Ten Hag.