Jose Mourinho takes swipe at Premier League rivals after winning Europa League
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:16
"It's my first European trophy with United and hopefully the first of many".
"Obviously in the last games, we focused on this game and we drop some points. We know it was a very hard week for the city of Manchester and we are happy to win for all of the people that have suffered".
"I am very humble when I play finals", the Portuguese coach told a news conference after an emotional triumph that followed Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead and 64 injured.
"This is just football and what happened two days ago was terrible".
For Manchester United, the magnitude of disappointment in this season has diminished or even reversed incredibly with this win.
"People say we've had a bad season but the prize is great and we've done it now". Their history and pedigree was enough to woo Pogba a year ago; Wednesday's win, and the automatic Champions League bid that comes with it, may be enough to clinch the signing of his French national team teammate Antoine Griezmann later this summer.
Juan Mata added: "It's massive for us. In the Premier League we couldn't hit the target to go to the Champions League but tonight we gave all our effort and now we're playing in the Champions League". The club now has every title in world football.
Ajax, fielding the youngest starting lineup in a European final, were expected to make a quick start as they did in their 4-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in their semi-final first leg.
United will get another shot at a continental trophy when they line up against Real Madrid or Juventus in the Super Cup final in Skopje, Macedonia on August 8.
After receiving the trophy and the adulation of the club's fans inside the Friends Arena, man of the match Ander Herrera delivered a heartfelt tribute to those who were affected by the attack.
They were given no time to settle in the second half as Mkhitaryan leapt to knock Chris Smalling's knockdown from a corner into the roof of the net after 48 minutes.
"Yesterday morning we were devastated and really sad", added the Spaniard, who has developed into one of Jose Mourinho's most valuable players this campaign, his third at United, and has won the admiration of supporters for his dedication to the side.