Paul Pogba Sends Grieving Manchester United To Emotional Europa League Triumph
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 10:50
The after effects will be felt for a long time to come but United provided a cathartic, if only temporary, release on Wednesday, winning the Europa League as goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 2-0 victory. United was the 2-0 victor, bringing home the prestigious trophy and, ever so briefly, providing a small lift.
The only manager in United's history to win a trophy in his first season - his team won the League Cup in February and Community Shield in August - Mourinho concludes the campaign with three trophies.
"I'm really happy that I scored today in the final because everyone kept saying "you're going to score in the final".
He fielded the youngest United starting XI in a Premier League game - one he termed "not league ready" - but still came out triumphant against Palace.
"We always thought that we could win the Europa League and we are very happy", Mourinho told BT Sport.
Manchester United fans paid tribute to victims of the Manchester attack at the UEFA Europa League final near Stockholm.
The France worldwide took to Twitter on Friday to insist that he had not made any decision to leave Atletico Madrid and that he would hold talks with his representatives on his future plans.
Romero played the first four games of his first season at United as David de Gea was expected to move to Real Madrid, a transfer that was derailed on the final day of the transfer window due to administrative reasons. One minute silence is also observed before the start of the match. He followed the win with a blink-and-you-miss-it press conference, which lasted just few seconds.
"I'm disappointed because you play finals to win them".
The 29-year-old Belgian global, who joined the club from Everton during the 2013-14 campaign, played in 11 Europa League games for United this season, starting seven and scoring a goal. The Europa champions now go directly to the next season's Champions League irrespective of their league standings, which was an incentive hard to ignore. "So I thank everyone at the club that had a contribution for that".