On Wednesday night Manchester United sealed a 2-0 win over Ajax Amsterdam to clinch the UEFA Europa League cup. It was a night to remember for Jose Mourinho and his team winning the title in Stockholm Sweden.
The UEFA Europa League cup win was the second trophy Manchester United have won this season. United had already won the English league cup back in February. This was the only trophy which United had never won.
After a tragic Monday night in Manchester, it was time for United players to bring some joy to those who were affected by suicide bombing. United dedicated the trophy to those who lost lives and those who were affected by the tragedy.
Paul Pogba’s first half deflected shot and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’ s early second half goals were enough to seal the title. Although Ajax were the most dominant during the game, United contained the pressure.
United started the game with a lot of pace in the first 20 minutes which gave them a lucky goal. After the goal United went back to defending and Ajax started to control the game.
The second half saw United score a second goal just after the restart of the game. The second goal ensured United had some breathing space and pilled pressure on Ajax. Ajax tried very hard to penetrate the United defense but were not capable of finding the net.
The game featured the mostly very young players in the history of European final. Ajax side had the youngest players in the squad with an average of 22 years and 282 days. Manchester United’s side had the most expensive players compared to the Ajax team.
Paul Pogba dedicated the match to the terror victims and those who had been affected. “We know things are very sad all over the world. We had to focus. Manchester-we won for them. We played for England, we played for Manchester and we played for them- the people who died.” he told BT Sport UK broadcaster.
United Midfielder Juan Mata added: “It was a very difficult week for a lot of us and the city of Manchester and we tried to win for the people who suffered. This trophy is for them.”
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney came in during the last few minutes to play his last game for United. Rooney is believed to be leaving the club very soon. He was able to lift the trophy which was the only cup he had not won in Europe.
Manchester United injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in the Arena and even joined the team after the match to celebrate with his teammates. He got injured during the second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter finals.
It was a night to remember for Manchester United and their fans winning the UEFA Europa League cup. Jose Mourinho has given United a great season which they have been missing since former Manager Alex Ferguson retired.
Manchester United have been missing Champions League action for a long time and Jose Mourinho had s made his promise. He had promised to take United back to the European competition when he took charge of the team in the beginning of the season.