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Matteo Darmian wants Man United to win Europa League for injured players

Manchester United want to win the Europa League for their injured teammates and the suspended Eric Bailly and, Matteo Darmian has said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will all miss the final against Ajax with injuries, while Bailly is suspended after being sent off in the semifinal second leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Darmian told reporters that United wanted to win the trophy for them and added: "Eric was not very happy for the red card but we have other players to cope with that.

"He's another reason to win the Europa League. We miss a lot of players, also Marcos Rojo, Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, but it's a big challenge to win the trophy for these players.

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"It is always good to reach a final. It was very important for us, and it's always good if there is a possibility to win a trophy.

"We go to Stockholm to win the Europa League because it's a great opportunity for us to play Champions League next season."

Darmian struggled to break into the United team during Jose Mourinho's first few months in charge, but the 27-year-old has been given a run of games at left-back following the injuries to Rojo, Shaw and Young.

He started both legs against Celta Vigo and is in line to keep his place against Ajax in the final.

Matteo Darmian and Man United will contest the Europa League final without many top players.

He added: "Of course, when a player is at a fantastic club like Manchester United they know there is a lot of competition because there are a lot of good players.

"I say always that I work hard from the first day of the season to be ready when the manager gives me a possibility."

Darmian was one of only three players to start both Sunday's Premier League defeat at Arsenal and the Europa League clash with Celta, and could again be called into action at Tottenham in the last-ever game at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

He said: "We are Manchester United and we always want to win every game. We go to Tottenham this weekend, away against Southampton and then at home on the last game [against Crystal Palace] and we want to win every game to be ready for the final.

"I think Tottenham is a very good team, so it will be difficult. We go there and try to win because playing this kind of game is always special, a good feeling.

"We go there with the same mentality, same attitude, and try to win. The mathematics is that we can reach the top four."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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