Youthful Ajax lose 2-0 to Manchester United in Europa League final

Posted May 26, 2017

No, I think. listen, first of all I've always been a team player. I agree with the UEFA decision to play the match but obviously the tragedy that occurred takes some of the happiness from our achievement. If we could we would change peoples lives for this cup - we would not think twice. A Manchester City fan walked past earlier with a club jacket on and he'd usually be told where to go.

Juan Mata and Chris Smalling emphasised how Manchester United were extra motivated to win the Europa League following Monday's atrocities at Manchester Arena. The boys were fantastic.

"I said last time (in March) 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". We had to focus, it was very important. "We play for England, for Manchester and for the people who died".

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United qualified automatically for the group stage that year, with fourth-placed Everton entering in the final qualifying round, only to be knocked out against Villarreal. "Yesterday morning we were devastated", the midfielder said.

Had Manchester United lost to Ajax in Wednesday's final, they would have entered the Europa League next season along with Arsenal and Everton.

Mourinho admitted that his first term at Man United was his "most hard season as a manager" and says, with three trophies under his belt, he will now take a deserved rest. There are lots of poets in football but poets don't win many titles.

All five team have also won the UEFA Super Cup.

Henrik Mkhitaryan added the second three minutes after the break to kill off Ajax, who fielded the youngest ever starting lineup in a European final with an average age of 22. We want respect. I know we are just football players, but I want to say to everyone to work together for a normal world.

"To me, it is the most important trophy of my career because it is the last", he told the assembled media.

"(They) managed to finish with some dignity. United needed to find a way to get over the line once again, with Moyes' single Community Shield win and Van Gaal's FA Cup triumph small reward for supporters who had come to expect so much more.

Meanwhile United fans thanked their historic rivals for the shows of support and solidarity in a night which secures the Red Devils Champions League football for next season.

The manager indicated Wayne Rooney, a late substitute, could stay.