Europa League victory lifted Manchester: Alex Ferguson

Manchester United claimed their second major trophy of the season and secured Champions League football as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

As well as striking the scrappy opener, the energetic Pogba popped up all over the pitch, forming an effective midfield trident with Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, outmuscling and nullifying the inexperienced Dutch side.

Ajax ended with the Reds' victory 2:0.

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

However, Manchester United's Europa League success and the UEFA coefficient ranking points has certainly proved helpful for them in this case.

A minute's silence held before the match turned into a minute's applause and United's players wore black armbands in tribute to those who had been killed and injured in Monday's terrorist attack.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: 'We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack.

United became only the fifth club - after Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea - to have won the Champions League, the Europa League and the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup.

United scored one goal in away matches against other members of the Premier League's top six this season. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a bit happier?

We came without the happiness we should bring with us, because when you come for these big matches, you come happy, you come proud.

The Football Association has announced enhanced security measures will be in place for Saturday's FA Cup final as well as the finals of the League Two and Championship play-offs.

Ajax coach Peter Bosz called the Stockholm showdown "boring" as his young impressionable side were nullified by a far more physical and experienced United side, who won the game with a goal in each half from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Midfielder Juan Mata added: "It was a very hard week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered".

United finished sixth in the Premier League this season, but brushed aside a poor Ajax team in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Souness went on to say that United have had a "successful season".

"It was a great final and my first European final with United, hopefully the first of many".

The final words of Tony Walsh's poignant poem resonated as Manchester United erupted into celebration at the sound of the final whistle, rejoicing the 43rd trophy in their history: Always remember, never forget, forever Manchester.

  • Julie Sanders