Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

United outclass Ajax to win Europa League on emotional night

United outclass Ajax to win Europa League on emotional night

After a terrorist attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night that left 22 people dead and over 100 people injured, the pressure was on for the city's team to rise up to the occasion and win their first European trophy in nearly ten years as Manchester United took on Dutch soccer club Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League Final in Stockholm, Sweden.

A little more than 48 hours after the attack, substitute Wayne Rooney took over the captain's arm band and raised the Europa League trophy at the Friends Arena, the stadium where American Grande began her world tour back on May 8. We fought hard for this since the beginning.

"I want to dedicate this trophy to the victims".

"We know things like this are very sad all over the world", said Pogba referring to the attack. United's players were clearly moved by the events and flew to Sweden with heavy hearts, vowing to deliver a display in their biggest match of the season that would serve as a tribute to the victims and their families.

"It was the victory for pragmatism", Mourinho said, "a victory of the humble people".

United's triumph followed success in the League Cup and the Community Shield in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge at Old Trafford.

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"We came without the happiness we should bring with us, because when you come for these big matches you come happy, you come proud".

"We knew where they [Ajax] were better than us, we knew where we were better than them".

"I haven't seen the Ajax that I'm used to, which means good football, high pressing and being dominant".

"We went out focused to win and we won for Manchester and the country", he told BT Sport.

Beckham, who spent over a decade at Manchester United as a player, posted a message on Instagram shortly after the result.

"They will learn a lot from it and we will become stronger, and if we can keep this squad together we will be stronger next season, for sure", he added. In his first season at the club, Mourinho led the Red Devils to the League Cup and the Europa League championship, one more trophy than his two predecessors - David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, who led the team to the FA Cup last season - managed during their short stints at the club combined.

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