Between Man U, Mourinho and Pogba!
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 9:29
The European football Union announced the list of players who were the best in the Europa League the season 2016-2017. Pogba's contribution to the game against a young Ajax side was also praised by many.
Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United's Europa League triumph as "the most important trophy" of his career, while adding he was happy to call time on a season that was perhaps his most hard as a manager.
I don't want to see any worldwide friendlies, I am selfish.
Any issues he'd experienced during his first season in charge of Manchester United should have been forgotten because he ended the campaign with a European trophy.
Ajax had no answer to the physical strength and power of United, especially in midfield, where world-record signing Pogba and Belgian global Marouane Fellaini, who won 15 aerial balls yesterday - a record for not only a Europa League final, but for the entire competition.
Bosz, in his first season, has revived the club - although they did finish second in the Dutch top flight - and is preaching the principles which originate from Johan Cruyff, the club's former player and coach. "And we are very happy." . Mourinho said: "It is so unfair what happened to him. We've done it, and we're proud", Pogba said.
The Armenian said: "Thank you to my team-mates because without them I couldn't score so many goals". They reportedly missed out on Portuguese wonderkid Renato Sanches last summer as Bayern snapped him up from Benfica, but he barely played for Bayern Munich this year and there are whispers he might be tempted away from the German champs.
The Dane spent a year in the youth team after signing from Silkeborg in 2015 and has exploded into first-team action this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions.
'But if you'd told us at the start of the season we'd win three trophies and be in the Champions League we'd have taken it'.
"I regret not being able to play this game".
And, before identifying his biggest weakness as a manager, it seemed like the 54-year-old treated himself to one last dig at one or two of those players named above. The rest of us point at Ander Herrera while calling them silly sods. As Carlo Ancelotti once put it, "Football is the most important thing, of the least important things in life".
Fair play to Ajax for remaining loyal to their principles but loyalty only gets you so far, as Mourinho is so aware.
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A minute's silence held for the victims of Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester in which 22 people died turned into applause as chants of "Manchester" and "We'll Never Die" bellowed out from the English supporters before the match.