United's Europa league win gave Manchester a lift, says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the people of Manchester and says Manchester United's Europa League triumph gave the city a lift after Monday's terror attack. "We left the best until last, it was all or nothing, if we'd lost and not got into the Champions League the fans and directors wouldn't have been happy. We didn't", Bosz, the first coach to steer Ajax to a major European final since Louis van Gaal in 1996, said.

"There's a big difference in the physical way they (United) play, but it's not a matter of strength - it's how you use your body, which we have to learn. Big clubs that me as a player love to play, so I feel really proud to have won my first European trophy with United - but hopefully it is the first of many".

Jose Mourinho had just been repeatedly tossed into the air by members of his backroom staff when the jubilant Manchester United manager beckoned his son, Jose Jr., onto the field.

"All the players who played today learnt a lot and this is one aspect of the game where United were better than we were".

The Amsterdam club were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Stockholm's Friends Arena thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhytarian.

Here, Newsweek covers the key topics that the Portuguese manager discussed after the game, including the Manchester bombing, qualifying for the Champions League, Wayne Rooney's future and summer transfers. There are lots of poets in football, but poets don't win many titles. "I'm really happy with the players in probably my most hard season as a manager". "And when you are not on top of your game, it is very hard".

"That is the decision I have to make now, whether I want to continue doing that or go on and play more regular football". We defended well, we scored in important moments, we showed how to play a final.

"So now it's for him, for the owners, for the people that work with him and I just wait but I don't care about football now".

"It's one of the trophies I haven't won in my career and it would be unbelievable to win it with United", former Chelsea favourite Mata said. But I want everyone to have a good feeling.

  • Julie Sanders