Manchester United's Europa League win completes the set

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana had a clash with his teammate in an attempt to clear the ball, while leaving an empty net in front of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, whose shot went off the post.

The first United player to score in four European away games in one season was David Herd, during the 1964/65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup run.

"We know things like this are very sad all over the world", scorer Paul Pogba told United Kingdom broadcaster BT Sport after the game.

"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".

A guttural roar of "Manchester, Manchester" thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle.

"I think United last night gave the city a lift and I think that was what it was about".

"Yesterday we didn't want to have the press conference because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and to try to forget events which are much more important than our job".

Winning this trophy means a lot for Man U. It nearly guarentees that Antoine Griezmann will make the switch from Atletico Madrid to United, and it is also enough to likely keep Swedish beast Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who said that he would probably leave the club if they didn't make the Champions League.

Mourinho, a UEFA Cup victor with Porto in 2003 and two-time European champion, has now won all four of the major European finals he has contested.

The Red Devils boss guided his team to a tactically shrewd win over Ajax and he wasted little time in rounding on his detractors.

"I agree with UEFA's decision to play the match but, you know, if we have questions like your question (about the importance of winning the game for the city) that made us return to this tragedy, obviously it takes happiness from our achievement.

We didn't", Bosz, the first coach to steer Ajax to a major European final since Louis van Gaal in 1996, said. "I think it would be special".

With this, United completed the full set of European titles and joined a select group of clubs to have achieved the feat - Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Pogba put a volley fractionally wide in the first minute and in the 18th minute he found the target, albeit with a helping hand.

Though Ajax responded with a flurry of quick passes and crosses from the wide men, United, in particular former Ajax man Daley Blind, always had an answer.

  • Julie Sanders