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".More news: Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards
"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.
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.More news: Headley rallies Yanks over Astros 11-6 before Jeter ceremony
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.More news: United Fresh releases statement on NAFTA renegotiation