Man United Dedicate Europa League Trophy To Manchester Terror Victims

"But in a bad season, in a season where sometimes I felt my team is the worst in the world and I am the worst manager in the world, we won three trophies and go to the Champions League by winning a trophy". "We had to focus". I am happy that I scored a goal in the final.

"We went behind to a deflected shot and then it was very hard against such a side".

For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was obvious that the victory was a huge weight off his shoulders, because of both the emotions of the last few days and the importance of the match.

A little more than 48 hours after the attack, substitute Wayne Rooney took over the captain's arm band and raised the Europa League trophy at the Friends Arena, the stadium where American Grande began her world tour back on May 8. I would obviously, me and everyone else, we would change this trophy for the people that lost their lives, that's obvious. "Manchester!" echoing around the stadium, United held on to win the only European trophy missing from the Old Trafford cabinet. (Ajax's players) are not used to playing a final.

"We wouldn't think twice".

The first United player to score in four European away games in one season was David Herd, during the 1964/65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup run.

The planned pre-match one minute's silence, in honor 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.

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.

Instead, he threw all his eggs into the Europa League basket, and now, the Portuguese is vindicated.

The victory also means the Red Devils have booked their place in the group stages of next season's UEFA Champions League.

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.

This was a night of disappointment for this great, historic old club but they are staying true to their finest traditions by producing outstanding young talent and showing a commitment to attacking football.

  • Julie Sanders