Jose Mourinho kisses the Europa League trophy

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.

When David Moyes brought his favourite Everton player Fellaini to the club with him, there were questions as to if the Belgian could perform on the biggest stage in football.

"We preferred to reach the Champions League this way than finish fourth, third or second", he continued.

It is perhaps fitting that they complete such an achievement on what appears to be their return to domestic and European greatness: they are expected to mount a serious title push next season, as well as competing in the Champions League thanks to last night's victory.

"If we could, we would change people's lives for this cup - we would not think twice".

A help centre was opened at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium for those affected by the blast.

"It's hard to come from behind against a well organised team, the second half we were barely out of the dressing room. And we didn't. we just came to do our job". "Nobody can talk. They said we had a bad season but we have three trophies", cheered Pogba.

In Stockholm, a city recovering from its own terrorist atrocity after a stolen truck was driven into pedestrians on a busy shopping street, killing five, the consensus was that the pre-match mood was somber.

The planned pre-match one minute's silence, in honor of the victims of the blast, rapidly turned into 60 seconds of applause, during which United's fans chanted poignantly "Manchester, Manchester" for the first time.

The squad celebrated their victory joyfully, with cries of "ole! ole!" "We did that very well from the first minute and we totally deserve the trophy".

"We focused on the football match, which I think we played really well and the boys deserve this moment".

"We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too", Pogba told BT Sport.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has seemed unhappy at times during his first season at Old Trafford, despite successes such as an EFL Cup win and a 25-game unbeaten run in the league. (Ajax's players) are not used to playing a final.

In Stockholm, Ajax fielded a side featuring six players aged 21 or younger.

But Ajax were disappointing against a United side which defended smartly to stifle their opponents.

Rob Coppen, a 28-year-old Ajax fan from Amsterdam donning the team's kit, said the terror attack took the joy out of the final.

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