Ajax coach rues 'boring Europa League final'

Sidelined with a knee injury, Ibrahimovic watched on as United claimed a 2-0 win over Ajax in Wednesday's final in his native Sweden.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, another expensive summer purchase, hooked the ball home from six yards to double United's lead and secure the English side a first Europa League title and a place in next season's Champions League. "The boys were fantastic because they built a wall in front of their eyes and isolated themselves from everything to stay focused on the football match", he said.

"I played during my time at Ajax with a lot of players who played tonight Lasse Schone amongst others".

England will have five teams in the Champions League next season after Manchester United's victory over Ajax in the Europa League final. The win was based on pragmatism and humble principles.

For Mourinho and many other managers, the value of the Europa League has increased massively following UEFA's decision to award a Champions League qualifying place to the victor.

He became the youngest player ever to take part in a European final.

"I think there's a big difference in how the teams play - it's not about strength but how you use your bodies".

"Mourinho hates losing, during the week he tried to motivate the team as well as he could, focusing on not committing any errors, we didn't make any mistakes and we played well", Mata told reporters.

Pogba and man of the match Ander Herrera both dedicated victory to the victims of Monday's devastating suicide bomb attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena, which also left dozens injured.

"It was hard to train yesterday but the manager told us is that the only thing we could do is win this for them".

"If we could, we would obviously change the people's lives for this cup, immediately", Mourinho said.

One Manchester City fan came to watch the game in his sky blue kit with the message "A City, United" written proudly on his back.

"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.

"It should be one big celebration, but when something like this happens two days before, the fact we've been discussing it just goes to show the impact", Ajax coach Peter Bosz told his pre-game media conference in Stockholm.

  • Julie Sanders