Man Utd beat Ajax to win Europa League

Man Utd beat Ajax to win Europa League

Man Utd beat Ajax to win Europa League

Manchester United dedicated their UEFA Europa League win on Wednesday night to the 22 victims who were killed in the bombing of the Manchester Evening News Arena on Monday.

When it comes to a major final, you know what to expect from a Jose Mourinho team - a physically strong, compact, perfectly defensively-drilled side that will make it as hard as possible for the opposition to create chances, to score goals.

Ajax, fielding the youngest starting line-up in a European final, were expected to make a quick start as they did in their 4-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in their semi-final first leg. I don't want to see any global friendlies, I am selfish.

Pogba also said that United have managed to shut up their critics by adding the Europa League to the EFL Cup and Community Shield trophies they have already won this season.

"If we could we would change peoples lives for this cup - we would not think twice", said Mourinho.

Mourinho has had his moments of frustration this season - especially with 15 Premier League draws that led to an unsatisfactory sixth place.

United, whose victory saw them qualify for next season's Champions League, wore black armbands while a minute's silence, which became a minute's applause, was held before kick-off in Stockholm.

"I am so happy to see the boys with the crutches with the trophy and now I am on holiday". We knew where we were better than them and we exploited their weaknesses.

The success also means that Manchester United will be in the Champions League next season and face Juventus or Real Madrid in the European Super Cup.

United bullied Ajax's youngsters with their physicality and game management, while United manager Jose Mourinho's risk-averse, long-ball tactics nullified Ajax's high press.

Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, was happy to fulfil his teammates' prophecies with a goal in the final, after helping United reach the Stockholm showpiece with five Europa League strikes this term. From the first minute, you could tell the Cup was going to be ours. The Frenchman opened up his body and took a low 20-yard shot that deflected off Sanchez, wrong-footing goalkeeper Andre Onana and rippling the back of the net.

It was the biggest return yet on United's world-record £89.3 million (S$160.5 million) investment in Pogba, who celebrated by pointing to the sky.

The English side then took their foot off the pedal, enabling Ajax to start finding space in risky areas, but within three minutes of kick-off in the second half they had tightened their grip on the game.

Mkhitaryan then flicked the ball home early in the second half following a United corner, and with chants of "Manchester!".

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