Man U's Jose Mourinho makes history with Europa League win

Before explaining why, "because now we have all the European trophies and I won the only one he missed".

It felt like Ajax's fluid, attacking style of play actually played into United's hands in the end as the space they left in behind allowed Jose Mourinho's side to finds the gaps in which they revel.

United started well and opened the scoring in rather fortuitous circumstances as Paul Pogba's left-footed strike from the edge of the area took a huge deflection to find it's way in to the net for 1-0 in the 18th minute.

Rooney, who says he has no end of offers both in England and overseas with China often being mooted as a possible destination, says ultimately the decision could come down to whether he is satisfied with a bit part role at United or having regular first team football.

But the Sun report Manchester United's move to sign Antoine Griezmann could be in doubt after the Frenchman insisted he wants to win trophies with Atletico Madrid.

The Spaniard was also asked about the Stockholm victory in the context of the Reds' season, saying: "The motivation when you put on the United shirt is big; the obligation is also big because we are the greatest club in England and one of the greatest in the world".

Since the Premier League's inaugural year in 1992, England has provided just six of the 50 finalists in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, a disappointing figure given the wealth and supposed quality of its representatives.

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

In Stockholm, a city recovering from its own terrorist atrocity after a stolen truck was driven into pedestrians on a busy shopping street, killing five, the consensus was that the pre-match mood was somber.

But, that happens very rarely with a Mourinho team - somehow, even without playing the most eye-catching football, his teams find a way to score and win finals.

"We played for the people who died", Pogba told BT Sport. "What's been impressive is the way Manchester has come together as a city and our thoughts go to them".

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.

It was the first time the club have won the competition and means they qualify for the Champions League group stage next season.

For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was obvious that the victory was a huge weight off his shoulders, because of both the emotions of the last few days and the importance of the match.

Once the game was complete, the pair shared a joke following United's first ever Europa League success.

Marouane Fellaini came close to a third goal for United, but his header from Pogba's delicious cross went straight at Andre Onana.

And Mourinho admits that the rollercoaster year was the most hard of his glittering career.

  • Julie Sanders