Going the Extra Mile: Record-breaking Manchester United claim historic title

Does this cup make the city of Manchester a bit happier?

Manchester United secured Champions League football for next season after crushing Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Judgement was reserved until the final game of his maiden campaign, but in guiding his club to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho has restored the winning feeling at Manchester United.

Man United will go straight into the group stages along with Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City, the top three in the Premier League.

"We know things like this are very sad all over the world", said Pogba referring to the attack. "We felt the suffering and the sadness of the city of Manchester and we tried to give this trophy for them".

The Times reports that all United's players earning more than £20,000-a-week suffered a 25% pay cut when they failed to qualify for this season's Champions League, but that 25% will be reinstated.

Next season United's fans will sing the Herman's Hermits song that they have turned into an ode to Mourinho with even greater conviction.

Mourinho, a UEFA Cup victor with Porto in 2003 and two-time European champion, has now won all four of the major European finals he has contested.

"I think I am going to have one of these jobs in a few years".

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not start for United as he was injured but did play an important role in his side reaching the final.

"We want peace in the world - a normal world with respect".

Victory enabled Mourinho, who said prior to the game that he and his players were struggling not to think about the tragedy, to bring his maiden Old Trafford season to a successful conclusion.

And for all the promise and possession Ajax had last night at the Friends Arena, they barely threatened Sergio Romero's goal and United were comfortable throughout.

Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United's Europa League triumph in Stockholm to the victims of Manchester terror attack.

"It is just a football game and a trophy but if we can help and support with this just one per cent it is enough for us".

  • Julie Sanders