Pogba: I'd be very happy if Juve won Champions League
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:44
Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the scorers in the 2-0 victory, joined Juan Mata to dedicate Manchester United's Europa League triumph in Stockholm to the victims of Monday's Manchester terror attack.
After that, United went to work, determined to inspire their city. With Ander Herrera, the deserved victor of the man-of-the-match award against Ajax, Mourinho appears to have found a player in his own image.
"Obviously there's happiness from our achievement", Mourinho said.
We wouldn't think twice.
Mkhitaryan then flicked the ball home early in the second half following a corner and, with chants of "Manchester, Manchester" echoing around the stadium, United held on to win the one European trophy missing from the Old Trafford cabinet. The boys were fantastic. We only got second balls.
"Obviously in the last games, we focused on this game and we drop some points".
If he goes, Rooney expects to be foregoing more medals given United have found in Mourinho "the right man to lead them".
Rooney, who says he has no end of offers both in England and overseas with China often being mooted as a possible destination, says ultimately the decision could come down to whether he is satisfied with a bit part role at United or having regular first team football. "We were much stronger than them", he said.
"But the manager (Jose Mourinho) told us the only thing we could do was to win this for them and that's what we've done". "It is just a football game and a trophy but if we can help and support with this just 1% it is enough for us".
Several of the players shared a picture from the changing room of the team holding a banner that read "Manchester - A City United #PrayForManchester". The club now has every title in world football. "But with three trophies in one season and [qualifying for] the Champions League, I am very happy in my most hard season as a manager".
"He breaks up play and when we win it, he's an outlet". - The last time Jose Mourinho coached a team in the UEFA Cup/Europa League he won the competition. "They are not used to play a final". I make my final respect the strength of the opponent and understand their weakness so if I say something about my finals, something about my team is they are always humble.
"(They) managed to finish with some dignity. The fact a team can win a trophy while doing so adds to the lure, as Mourinho pointed out on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney seems ready to leave Manchester United as is considering a number of options for the next step in his career.
"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.