Mourinho takes break from football after Europa League final
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 22:29
"I dedicate this trophy to my family, to Manchester and to all Armenians", Manchester United midfielder and Armenian National Football Team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan noted on Facebook after his team secured a victory against Ajax and won the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side's season had been a triumph of pragmatism over poetry following their Europa League success against Ajax in Stockholm.
In a week where 22 people were killed in a horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, the city has responded with strength and unity.
"We played for England, we played for Manchester, and we played for the people who died".
"These things are bad all over the world, in London and in Paris". He said, "When you go into big matches you go happy and we didn't".
"It is the end of a very hard, but good season", Mourinho said after the win.
"If we can keep this squad together, we will be stronger next season, for sure".
"There are lots of poets in football, but poets don't win many titles.
We can now talk about a great season because we have three trophies and are in the Champions League next season".
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.
If United had played anything like this well for much of the season, then Champions League football could well have been assured long before they arrived in Stockholm.
Peter Bosz's effervescent team caused United some uncomfortable moments, but without ever threatening to pull off an upset. I'm happy that I scored here today in the final because everyone was saying, "You're going to score in the final" and after the last game against Celta Vigo I was dreaming about scoring in the final and I did. We only got second balls. "I think it was a boring game".
Out with a long-term knee injury, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future with the Red Devils is in doubt.
Pogba put a volley fractionally wide in the first minute and in the 18th minute he found the target, albeit with a helping hand. Marouane Fellaini - a regular outlet because of his height and physical presence - laid the ball off to Pogba at the edge of the area, and the France star allowed it to run across him before sending in a low left-footed shot that wouldn't have troubled goalkeeper Andre Onana.
It was the biggest return yet on United's world-record £89.3 million ($115.8 million, 103.2 million euros) investment in Pogba, who celebrated by pointing to the sky.
And with two minutes played of the second half, they were hit by a United sucker punch. It was a determination which courted plenty of attention, with the risk of resting United's hopes on a single game causing concern for some.