EUROPA: Man United beat Ajax to trophy, secure UCL ticket
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:03
Several of the players shared a picture from the changing room of the team holding a banner that read "Manchester - A City United #PrayForManchester". "Maybe. But we just came to do our job". After the last game, when we played against Celta Vigo in the second leg, I was dreaming every day that I would score in the final. "Manchester United have won two trophies", said former Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage, who began his career at United, on BBC radio.
It is not the first time Mourinho's side have been criticised in this season's tournament, with Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas claiming his side were "infinitely superior" as they narrowly lost their semi-final tie 2-1 on aggregate.
"We know we could have done better in the Premier League so to finish the season by winning the League Cup and the Europa League is fantastic".
In sporting terms, though, this was a key victory at the end of an arduous 64-game season for United.
He told Sky Italia: "If Juventus win the Champions League, I am very happy, very happy".
"It is the end of a hard season but a very good season, we prefer this way than finish fourth".
Regardless of how you perceive Mourinho's football, it was effective in Stockholm once again, continuing his personal cup final record and ensuring two pieces of silverware and a return to the Champions League in his first year at Old Trafford. "Big clubs that me as a player love to play, so I feel really proud to have won my first European trophy with United - but hopefully it is the first of many". Terrorists cannot win; it can't scare innocent people into stopping doing something they love and the same applies to football. I make my final respect the strength of the opponent and understand their weakness so if I say something about my finals, something about my team is they are always humble. "However, I see rather a victor that plays good football".
Victory means they are back in the Champions League and will enter in the group stages.