Jose Mourinho leads Manchester United to emotional Europa League victory


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.

Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the goals in Stockholm - means United have qualified for next season's Champions League.

"Ed Woodward has my analysis, has what I want, what I would like, for months". "I think they deserved to win it tonight, they had a game plan which wasn't terribly attractive to watch, they worked and stuck to it, and it worked perfectly for them".

"We wanted to do it right from the start of the competition".

Beaten coach Peter Bosz said United "only played long balls and didn't take any risks", turning Ajax's first European final in 21 years into what he called "a boring game".

After finishing in sixth place in the EPL, United needed to win the Europa League in order to return to Champions League play.

"Then we would be in the Super Cup against them?" He said, "This is the most important trophy of my career because it's the last (in line) and the last one is always the most important". Big names are likely to arrive at Old Trafford before then as United look to win the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired four years ago.

Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig run into each other in nasty collision
Strangely, Puig took longer to fall, clutching at his ribcage, which may have been hit by Pederson after he received the elbow. Pederson, due up to bat in the bottom of the 10th, was replaced in the batting order by pinch-hitter Chris Taylor .

"I just wish that when Wayne is picked as a forward player, he just stays up the pitch and doesn't work his socks off to come back and help out". We went behind to a deflected shot and then it was very hard against such a side.

"Honestly, I've said before, I don't know", the United skipper said when asked if he would still be at the club next term. "This is a time now that I will go and spend with my family, there's decisions I have to make and I'll do that over the next few weeks".

Manchester United secured Champions League football for next season after crushing Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday. We can play much better.

"It means a lot as it is my first European trophy with United and after what happened yesterday, it is nice to bring a trophy back for Manchester".

"I said last time that he was a bit short of matches - he's had some matches now but we've got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli". The two teams wore black armbands for the match in another mark of respect, and both sets of fans came together in a show of unity, mingling happily outside the stadium and in the city center before the match.

It would be wrong to question Mourinho's pedigree as a football manager, as he won yet another trophy on Wednesday evening, but his levels of hypocrisy are unrivalled.