Jose Mourinho leads Manchester United to emotional Europa League victory

Manchester United won the Europa League for the first time in its history on Wednesday evening in Stockholm, defeating Ajax 2-0 at Friends Arena.

Less than 48 hours before kick-off against Ajax in Sweden, an explosion at the end of Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured many more. The club earned €6.5 million ($7.29 million) for beating Ajax, three million more than their opponents, and will collect €12.7 million for entering the group stage of the Champions League. It made this victory, in a largely forgettable match, one to remember.

"We go to the Champions League by winning a trophy, not by finishing second, third or fourth", Mourinho said, a comment clearly serving as a little dig at Tottenham, City, and Liverpool.

"It was hard to train yesterday but the manager told us is that the only thing we could do is win this for them". That's what we've done. "Maybe. But we just came to do our job".

French midfielder Paul Pogba, who scored United's first goal, dedicated the triumph to the victims, saying: "We played for the people who died".

Schone was unimpressed by the United's style of play in Stockholm.

"I haven't seen the Ajax that I am used to", Ajax Coach Peter Bosz said.

"You know they are just waiting and then kick it long". It's all new for them.

Jose Mourinho admits to feeling like a "nobody" at Manchester United, but feels he still has 15 years in management to put that right.

He was the shining light for Jose Mourinho's side this season, taking home the club's Player of the Year award and also took home the man of the match award as Manchester United won the Europa League last night. We were really sad because when you think about life and football, you have no voice.

"Football can do brilliant things so don't go off on holiday, get back to Manchester, get the trophy out and share the success with the city".

Not until the two teams lined up on the halfway line for a minute's silence that eventually turned into applause.

It was billed as a clash between the efficiency of Mourinho's United against the swagger and youthful exuberance of Ajax.

Mata says United tried to "lift the spirit of the town" at a time when it is not easy not to focus on something as insignificant as football. Based on pragmatism and humble principles.

  • Julie Sanders