Wayne Rooney 'more or less' decided on Manchester United F.C. future

He is aware there has been criticism of United's style of play under him but he has long subscribed to the view that it is futile playing pretty football if it fails to deliver trophies and was underlining the point that he is a serial victor with a characteristically evocative metaphor. Arsene Wenger, his long-term nemesis at Arsenal who has now gone 13 years with the Premier League title, would count as one of those "poets" in Mourinho's eyes.

Once Chris Smalling directed Blind's corner towards Mkhitaryan for the Armenian to score his sixth Europa League goal of the season early in the second half, a United victory felt inevitable.

"Listen, first of all I have always been a team player", he said.

'I think United gave the city a lift and I think that was what it was about.

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

"A victory based on humble principles". He has won all four of his European finals as a manager, winning the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League with Porto, as well as the 2010 Champions League with Inter Milan to add to this latest triumph with United.

Another big summer signing in 2016, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, scored the brace United needed shortly after the halftime break, which proved to be too much for the young Ajax squad to overcome. This resulted in an unbeaten 2-0 win over Manu, As well as the fifth team in history, three European champions (UEFA Europa League, Champions League and Club World Cup) have the distinction of being the champions of all major tournaments. It means going back to the Champions League and playing in the European Super Cup next August. The club now has every title in world football.

The players will also wear black armbands and a period of silence will be observed before the matches.

"This is something you only learn when you are at the highest level".

The image of him and the players holding three fingers up could be one that lives long in the memory. More than 35,000 are scheduled to take part, with organisers saying they had to turn away thousands of new applications this week. They will learn a lot from it and become stronger. "He's finished the season a bit better and I'm sure he'll take that into next year".

Manchester is a city in mourning and so the meaning of Manchester United's Europa League final against Ajax Wednesday changed significantly in the two days since the suicide bombing which killed 22 people and injured many more.

"We wouldn't think twice".

"It has been a really hard week in the city of Manchester and we are happy to win for all the people that have suffered". Maybe. But we just came to do our job.

  • Julie Sanders