Man United: Mourinho hails emotional win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:04
Mourinho has received criticism over the quality of United's football and sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but he finishes his maiden season with three trophies and a place in next season's Champions League.
In 2013, Mourinho - newly hired as Chelsea manager for the second time - was dismissive of the league, saying he didn't want to win it and that doing so "would be a big disappointment to me".
"I think I am going to have one of these jobs in a few years". But Wayne was ready, and yesterday we were speaking and I was telling him that probably he could be crucial man of the match because he was ready. "We only got second balls", he said. I try to make my players respect the opponents' strengths and also to understand their weaknesses.
"It was the victory for pragmatism", Mourinho said, "a victory of the humble people".
Jose Mourinho celebrated after the game and who can blame him!
United's triumph - their first in this tournament - means they will qualify for next season's Champions League.
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.
"This is the most important trophy of my career because it's the last (in line) and the last one is always the most important".
Defeated Europa League finalists Ajax will be among the third seeds in the Champions League draw, where there will be joined by Tottenham and Liverpool, if Jurgen Klopp's side come through their qualifying tie. The club now has every title in world football.
Trying his luck from around 20 yards out, Pogba's shot took a deflection of Ajax's Davinson Sanchez, but it was this sort of good fortune that Pogba was due after enduring a season of constant scrutiny.
"But the manager told us the only thing we could do was to win this for them and that's what we've done".
Asked if he retained that hunger and desire, Mourinho said, nodding enthusiastically: "Yeah, yeah". For winning finals, you first have to play finals and learn from it. (Ajax's players) are not used to playing a final. "It was all new for them".
"We have a lot of big talents and we hope to be able to hold on to them".
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If we could we would change peoples lives for this cup - we would not think twice.
WHAT happens now that Manchester United has won the Europa League?
"But we just come to do our job".