Mata dedicates final win to Manchester
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:47
Paul Pogba put the Red Devils in front after 19 minutes with a deflected strike, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured the victory with a goal shortly after half-time.
A minute's silence was held before the game, which turned into applause, in honour of the 22 people killed and 64 injured in the blast at an Ariana Grande pop concert at the Manchester Arena the night before the team left for the final in Stockholm.
"We want peace in the world - a normal world with respect".
"If we could, we would obviously change the people's lives for this cup, immediately", Mourinho told reporters at the Friends Arena.
'At a time when we are grieving for the families that have lost loved ones we have a sport that has bought a little happiness at a hard time... The boys were fantastic. That's the way I look at things. We won for Manchester, we worked for them, for the country. "We played intelligently, we did it in a comfortable way".
"Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration", the club said. We are just football players but we have an audience so we want to work together for a normal world. It means everything and nothing at the same time, but after a awful 48 hours for the city, Mourinho's United have at least given Manchester something to smile about when it wakes up in the morning.
Midfielder Ander Herrera dedicated victory to the victims of Monday's attack, insisting it was United's duty to win for the people of Manchester. "There are lots of poets in football, the poets don't win many titles, we knew where they were better than us, and us better than them", he said. "We win a title, an important title, that closes the lot - we have now won every [European] title in world football".
His end-of-year report now is a glowing one, with Mourinho having delivered beyond expectations by winning two major trophies and claiming a passport back into the Champions League.
In tough circumstances, United handled the occasion better than an Ajax side featuring six players aged 21 or under and playing in the famous Dutch club's first European final in 21 years.
The Armenian said: "Thank you to my team-mates because without them I couldn't score so many goals". I don't want to see any global friendlies, I am selfish. The kids were awesome, [they] managed to finish with some dignity. Three trophies in season [he includes the Community Shield].
The manager indicated Wayne Rooney, a late substitute, could stay. "He can be here next season and he is an important player".
"I don't know. Honestly, I don't know", he said.