Chicagoans celebrate as Manchester United wins soccer championship
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 11:53
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said that the terror attack has dominated the thoughts of his players ahead of the game but that his squad has a job to do, as United attempt to win the Europa League and subsequently qualify for next season's Champions League as a direct effect. We had to focus because it was a very important game and we won for them and for the country. All the players who played today learned a lot, and this is one aspect of the game where they were better than we were.
At a pub in the city's home, chants of "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester" rang out for the team and the wounded city.
Sports may be trivial compared to the loss of 22 lives outside a concert Monday, but a triumph on the field for one of Manchester's most beloved sports teams gave the mourning city an emotional release, NBC News reported.
United's win allowed people to come together after a bad week and remember what makes this city great.
"We were always confident that we would win", said George Malloy, a 69-year-old from Dublin. In each of those games, the team lined up defensively, seemingly happy to leave with a 0-0 draw or to nick a goal on the break. "But the manager told us the only thing we could do was to win this for them".
The Spanish midfielder also spoke really eloquently about the Manchester attacks in his press conference as well - see second video below. We know we could have done better in the Premier League, so to finish with three titles is fantastic. Manager Jose Mourinho has won more trophies (three) in his first season at United, a supposedly inadequate campaign, than Liverpool (one) have in a decade.
For it to work, he had to win and he has done that, his 12th victory in 14 finals and for that he will be forgiven all his sins by fans simply delighted to have another trophy and entry into the Champions League.
They instead raised their arms in the air in encouragement when United went on the attack.
Pogba, who first came to United at the age of 16 before leaving for Juventus, put his side ahead with a hopeful low shot from the edge of the area that was sent looping past Onana in the Ajax goal thanks to a huge deflection from Davinson Sanchez.
The victory completes a trophy double for Mourinho and United, who also beat Southampton in the EFL Cup final earlier this season.