Emotional Europa League triumph
United dedicate cup win to terror victims
Ajax 0 Manchester United 2
On a night of high emotion goalscorer Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United’s Europa League victory to the victims in Monday night’s terrorist attack.
United swept aside a young Ajax side with goals from the French midfielder and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to add the trophy to the Community Shield and League Cup in manager Jose Mourinho’s debut season.
The win, which takes United into the lucrative group stages of next season’s Champions’ League, came just 48 hours after the dreadful events at Manchester Arena.
France international Pogba said: “These things are terrible all over the world, in London and in Paris. We went out focused to win and we won for Manchester and the country. For all those who died.
“We are very proud. Nobody can talk. They said we had a bad season but we have three trophies.”
Mourinho, who has now won all four of the major European finals he has contested, said this had been the toughest season he had known.
“It is the end of a very difficult season. But a very, very good season,” he said.
“We preferred to reach the Champions’ League this way than finish fourth, third or second. We got the objective, we are back in the Champions’ League by winning a title, an important title. The club now has every title in world football.
“We always thought that we could win the Europa League and we are very happy. We played intelligently, we did it in a comfortable way. We were much stronger than them.
“Three trophies in one season and the Champions League. I am very happy in my most difficult season as a manager.”
- Pogba (18′),
- Mkhitaryan (48′)