Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 to win Europa League final

Posted May 25, 2017

Jose Mourinho says he is looking forward to a break from football after guiding Manchester United to the Europa League and with it a spot in next season's Champions League.

Juan Mata said he and his Manchester United team-mates tried to "lift the spirits" of the city in their 2-0 Europa League final victory over Ajax. "We performed like a big team today and I think our fans can be very proud of us".

"But the world goes on, it doesn't stop and we have to do our work".

Following the game, goal scorer Paul Pogba - who found the back of the goal for one of the team's two tallies - paid homage to the recent Manchester bombing when addressing the media.

"At least people today were a bit happier than those last hours because of the trophy and because we're playing Champions League next season".

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"Yesterday morning, we were devastated", said United midfielder Ander Herrera, dedicating the win to the victims. We've done that and I'm so happy.

Though the trophy doesn't rank among United's greatest accomplishments, it's impossible to underestimate how important it was to manager Jose Mourinho's team.

The bomb blast at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena gig also injured more than 60 people - many of them critically. "This trophy is for them".

Pogba pointed to the sky as he was mobbed by teammates after his 18th-minute opening goal.

Manchester United increased their advantage three minutes into the second half.

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The win secured qualification for next season's Champions League competition.

The game was preceded by a minute's silence, which was interrupted by applause from both sets of fans, and United's players wore black armbands.

Following the match, Manchester United posted an image on their official Twitter account of the players in the dressing room with the trophy and a banner which said "Manchester - a city united".

And Owen was impressed with Mkhitaryan, saying the first goal wouldn't have happened without his role in it. Ajax, whose starting XI averaged around 22 years old, failed to concentrate on their defense against a throw ball, before Marouane Fellaini fed Pogba for a shot from outside the penalty area.

The ball struck Davinson Sanchez's outstretched leg and looped up, spinning into the net past the wrong-footed Onana.

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