Manchester United claim Europa League via Jose Mourinho's 'preferred way'
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 10:27
The boys were fantastic.'What I was saying was probably something they told me before the match. "We've done it, and we're proud", said Pogba.
The club captain has been heavily linked with a move away when the transfer window reopens and Mourinho brought him on for the closing stages of this evening's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final.
Europa League glory means United join Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus as the only clubs to have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.
Mourinho stressed that his team were able to block from their minds Monday's attack in Manchester and focus on their biggest game of the season. "So I thank everyone at the club that had a contribution for that".
"There's a big difference in the physical way they (United) play, but it's not a matter of strength - it's how you use your body, which we have to learn".
"I'm really happy with our season, I'm really happy with the trophies, I'm really happy to be back in the Champions League but now it's the time for me to have a rest, to disconnect completely, to do other things".
The win preserved Mourinho's flawless record in major European finals, adding to his 2003 UEFA Cup victory with FC Porto, and his Champions League triumphs with the same club in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
Ander Herrera, voted the man of the match, said the club had been suffering on Tuesday, but echoed Pogba's sentiments. We left the best until last, it was all or nothing, if we'd lost and not got into the Champions League the fans and directors wouldn't have been happy. It is very hard against a team like that.
"A younger me would have been a lot more frustrated".
"He knows since March, who I want, what I want, how much I want", said Mourinho.