Man United claim historic Europa League Cup

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"We got the objective of getting back to the Champions League, and we get a very important title".

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen accused United of "waiting to play long balls" during a match in which they comfortably kept the Dutch side's attack at bay while scoring goals through Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Ajax hogged the ball for the rest of the match but rarely looked like getting past United, who saw the game out to preserve Mourinho's 100 percent record in European finals and deliver the continental trophy missing from their collection.

Midfielder Juan Mata added: "It was a very hard week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered. This happened in Manchester but it could everywhere and we need a united world to fight for peace".

"Since the beginning we had this in our minds and the way we played the final was very intelligent". Mourinho said: "It is so unfair what happened to him".

The English side then took their foot off the pedal, enabling Ajax to start finding space in risky areas, but within three minutes of kick-off in the second half they had tightened their grip on the game.

The planned pre-match one minute's silence, in honour of the victims of the blast, rapidly turned into 60 seconds of applause, during which United's fans chanted poignantly "Manchester, Manchester" for the first time. And Mourinho was delighted with his side's pragmatic display, claiming that "poets do not win titles".

Speaking of transfers in the summer, Mourinho said: "Ed Woodward has my list, what I want, what I would like for more than two months".

His crucial first goal had a huge element of fortune to it, though.

From Marouane Fellaini's lay-off, the French midfielder let fly with a left-foot shot that flicked off Davinson Sanchez's left foot and looped past Ajax's helplessly wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana.

Mkhitaryan's goal was much more easy on the eye.

After a season of mixed emotions, Man United will be more than happy tonight, as they lifted their third trophy of the season. Because of the UCL place they just won, United will probably be able to close the three or four more signings they'll need in order to amass a legitimate title-contending squad.

  • Julie Sanders