Herrera: We Won It For Manchester
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 11:57
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Ajax coach Peter Bosz called the Stockholm showdown "boring" as his young impressionable side were nullified by a far more physical and experienced United team, who won the game with a goal in each half from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
"For me, it is the most important trophy of my career because it is the last", Mourinho said, having added to this season's Community Shield and EFL Cup successes.
"I said last time that he was a bit short of matches - he's had some matches now but we've got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli". We came here with one option - to win the trophy that the club had never won and we did it so we are happy.
"Honestly, I've said before, I don't know", the United skipper said when asked if he would still be at the club next term.
"I've got decisions to make now over the next few weeks, have a word with my family, and then I'll decide..." If you're one of the big clubs in the world, which they obviously are, you have to play better football.
"We knew where they were better than us, we knew where we were better than them, we tried to kill their good qualities and exploit their weaknesses".
Team-mate Smalling echoed those sentiments, adding: "I think there was an extra determination". Some say we had a bad season but the prize is here.Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera put in an influential display, taking home the Man of the Match award, and dedicated the trophy to the victims of the attack.
"It means a lot as it is my first European trophy with United and after what happened yesterday it is nice to bring a trophy back for Manchester", Mata told reporters.
Midfielder Juan Mata added: "It was a very hard week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered".
"We played for England, we played for Manchester, and we played for the people who died".
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".
The English side then took their foot off the pedal, enabling Ajax to start finding space in unsafe areas, but within three minutes of kick-off in the second half they had tightened their grip on the game.