'We played for the people who died' - Pogba
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 0:22
Purely in soccer terms, Manchester United's 2-0 win over Amsterdam's Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday in Stockholm was a triumph of huge significance for England's biggest club. This happened in Manchester but everywhere we have to be a united world to fight for peace and to have no more attacks.
Rooney scored five goals and made five assists in 25 appearances in the Premier League this season, although the 31-year-old only started 15 games in the top flight.
Juan Mata and Chris Smalling emphasised how Manchester United were extra motivated to win the Europa League following Monday's atrocities at Manchester Arena. We are just football players but we have an audience so we want to work together for a normal world. Many other staff. The work they did to organise everything for us, for our families, to come to this important match with a short period of time, the way people dedicate themselves to that, to try to have our heads clean and focused and everything was flawless.
"We just came to do our job and the boys were fantastic because they blocked (it out), they put a wall in front of their eyes and they stay isolated from everything".
"We wouldn't think twice".
France worldwide Pogba believes United have robbed their critics of ammunition after sealed Champions League qualification.
The win in Stockholm also took Mourinho's trophy count with United to three, adding to the Community Shield and League Cup wins, and salvaged a poor domestic season by giving United a passport back into the Champions League. "But with three trophies in one season and [qualifying for] the Champions League, I am very happy in my most hard season as a manager". That's the way I look at things. Chelsea was the last team prior to United to complete the historical treble when they won the Europa League in 2012-13.
"We preferred to reach the Champions League this way than finish fourth, third or second", said Mourinho.
United lift the trophy.
"We're obviously disappointed", the Dutchman said.
Juventus were the first team to record the unusual treble. We only got second balls. I don't see him this season changing any of the big games because of the "brilliance" he's shown.
"We did this very, very well since the first minute and we totally deserved the trophy". "I have 15 more years".
He told RTL7: "We were simply not good enough".
"I will ask UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association if they will not play any finals on this date", he said with a wry smile.
"I am really sorry he was not able to play this final but he played outside with the other guys behind the bench".