Manchester United Win Europa League, Dedicate Victory to Bombing Victims

Ajax coach Peter Bosz called the Stockholm showdown "boring" as his young impressionable side were nullified by a far more physical and experienced United side, who won the game with a goal in each half from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The England global came on as a late substitute on Wednesday night as United beat Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final to book their place in next season's Champions League.

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United proved all doubters wrong by winning the Europa League and ensuring a spot in next season's Champions League.

"Yesterday we didn't want to have the press conference because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and to try to forget events which are much more important than our job", he said referrring to the decision to cancel the news conference.

Marouane Fellaini came close to a third goal for United, but his header from Pogba's delicious cross went straight at Andre Onana.

The victory means United have won every European club competition and will compete in next season's Champions League competition.

"So so so happy with our win tonight!"

As United faced Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Europa Final in Sweden, fans' signs and players showed solidarity in the wake of the blast that claimed 22 lives and injured many others at an Ariana Grande concert Monday. "If he stays with us next season, I'm more than happy with that". "True. But I can say good luck to my former team-mates". A Manchester City fan walked past earlier with a club jacket on and he'd usually be told where to go.

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Manchester City also posted a message on Twitter after United's victory which simply said #ACityUnited. "It's just a trophy but if we can support them with just one per cent, we will".

The increased financial clout of those in the Premier League means smaller clubs can now reject huge offers and vie for higher profile players, while investment at clubs overseas has made the market harder to operate in.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal - who all finished above Mourinho's side in the Premier League table - lost games despite having netted first. I played the Spanish derbies, the Italian derbies, the Portuguese derbies, the English derbies, all these country's cup finals, played for the titles, an incredible experience of life.

No sooner had Manchester United won the Europa League, one of their stars started talking about leaving Old Trafford.

"Now I don't want to see any football, or any worldwide friendlies".

"I think United last night gave the city a lift and I think that was what it was about". He is a very important player for us.

"We played for the people who died", Pogba told BT Sport.

  • Tabitha Byrd