Manchester United are Champions of Europe, after beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final at Friends Arena in Stockholm.
It was the first time that United would win this second tier UEFA trophy.
The victory was the second trophy won by United in the first season under Jose Mourinho’s watch. And it is even sweeter, as it comes with a qualification ticket for the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage next season.
Paul Pogba scored United’s first goal with an 18 yard strike, which was deflected into goal in the 18th minute.
Then in the second half, Henrik Mkhitaryan doubled United’s advantage in just three minutes of play.
Coach Jose Mourinho in a post-match comment said:
“The team was fantastic from the first minute to the last minute. It was a fantastic collective performance, there were very good individual performances and we had total control of the game. 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. If you are dominant in the air you go long. There are lots of poets in football but poets don’t win many trophies. We knew where we were better than Ajax and we exploited their weaknesses.”
“We are in the Champions League in the right way and for me the right way is winning the Premier League or winning the Europa League. We were not strong enough to win the Premier League but we were strong enough to win the Europa League and we are back in the Champions League. The club now has every trophy in world football. We fought hard for this since the beginning. We totally deserved the win. I am so happy to see all the players, including the boys with the crutches, with the trophy.”