Manchester United Dedicate Europa League Win to Victims of Arena Bombing
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 9:10
Manchester - we won for them.
This kind of display is what Manchester United expects of their world record signing. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror.
United continued to pressure the Dutch club in the second half and their domination in possession eventually paid off with Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the game victor.
Granted, this season has been far from vintage for Manchester United with Mourinho rightfully receiving criticism for his tactics and combative dealings with the press, but as the referee blew his whistle, the Portuguese manager couldn't contain his delight.
United are now the fifth team to win the three major continental tournaments in Europe: the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.
Having won the Community Shield and the League Cup earlier in the season, Manchester United defeated Ajax 2-0 in the final of the Europa League, as Mourinho won his third piece of silverware in his short time with the club.
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He told BT Sport: "We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too".
But his celebrations at the end of a 63-game season for United demonstrated just how much the Europa League victory meant to him. "But if we could, we'd change the peoples' lives for this cup".
Victory enabled United to complete a sweep of European trophies.
Both sides observed a minute's silence ahead of the match, with the crowd applauding in tribute to the victims, and the players also wore black armbands.
Ajax substituted star player Kasper Dolberg as he had no influence on the match at all.
Peter Bosz's men had sparkled in this competition on their way to the final, playing in a manner the coach describes as the "Ajax way" - pressing quickly, passing swiftly. That's the question on the lips of fans from Manchester City and Liverpool, who finished in the Premier League top four. "We had to focus because it was a very important game and we won for them and for the country".