Mkhitaryan reacts to classy message from idol Djorkaeff following Europa League win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:16
"I think it would be special".
But the mood quickly darkened and the pub went quiet as players marked a minute's silence in honour of the terror attack victims before the match against Amsterdam's Ajax kicked off.
United became only the fifth club - after Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea - to have won the Champions League, the Europa League and the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup. "We knew where we were better than them and we exploited their weaknesses".
The United manager celebrated Wednesday's victory exuberantly at the Friends Arena, at one point being bundled to the turf in an embrace with his jubilant son.
"We are very happy", he told reporters.
He has now won the tournament twice, having led Porto to glory in the UEFA Cup - as the Europa League was previously called - in 2003.
"That's why yesterday we didn't want to have the press conference because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and to try to forget events that are obviously much more important than our job". - Late substitute Wayne Rooney made his fourth appearance in a major European final for Manchester United (also the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals), equalling the record held by Ryan Giggs.
It secured an automatic spot in next season's Champions League group stage, meaning United are back with the big boys of European soccer.
"It means the last piece in the puzzle", Mourinho said, "a club with every trophy in the world of football".
Once the game was complete, the pair shared a joke following United's first ever Europa League success. - Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the first Armenian to score a goal in a European cup final. For winning finals, you first have to play finals and learn from it. We played intelligently, we did it in a comfortable way.
"But he played. He played outside with crutches with the other guys, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, they were playing behind the bench shouting, they were doing everything". It's all new for them. "They will learn a lot from it and if we keep the squad together they will be stronger for it".
United's season was always going to be defined by this game.
Pogba and man of the match Ander Herrera both dedicated victory to the victims of Monday's devastating suicide bomb attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena, which also left dozens injured.
"They're trying to attack our way of life but they can't stop us from living our way of life", she said.