Monday, 28 September, 2020

United players dedicate Europa League win to Manchester victims

Rooney was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Scotland and France Mike Egerton  PA Wire Rooney was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Scotland and France Mike Egerton PA Wire
Vera Richards | 26 May, 2017, 07:20

Manchester United played an emotional game in Stockholm to achieve the goal set by their new manager.

Afterwards, goal-scorer Paul Pogba said: "We played for the people who died".

"That's why yesterday we didn't want to have the press conference because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and to try to forget events that are obviously much more important than our job". Then we had to go out and put a performance in to win the game.

The Spaniard expressed his delight at winning his first European cup with United and hopes that there is more to come from the team next season with Uefa Champions League qualification now secured.

Mourinho expertly switched to game management post the second goal to see out the remainder of the match and guide United to European success and a place amongst Europe's elite next season.

Mourinho, a UEFA Cup victor with Porto in 2003 and two-time European champion, has now won all four of the major European finals he has contested.

Jose Mourinho makes history in this win He made two consecutive Champions League and Europa League unbeaten titles as the first coach.

Rooney’s brief cameo in the Europa League final last night could be his final appearance for United Simon Hofmann  Getty Images
Rooney’s brief cameo in the Europa League final last night could be his final appearance for United Simon Hofmann Getty Images

Along with Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, United have now won the Champions League/European Cup, the defunct Cup Winner's Cup and the UEFA Cup/Europa League.

I would obviously, me and everyone else, we would change this trophy for the people that lost their lives, that's obvious.

"We focused on the football match, which I think we played really well and the boys deserve this moment". He has played in 32 league matches for the club this season and has helped them to win the Eredivisie on three occasions, as well as one Johan Cruyff Shield.

Peter Bosz agreed with Klassen's comments - claiming both sides played their part in making the showpiece a tiresome affair.

"Winning the Europa League final was not just about who scored the goals or the players that played against Ajax", added Rashford. We weren't good enough.

However, he proved his class once again by going on to score 28 goals for the club in 41 appearances in all competitions, becoming one of their shining lights in a hard season.

"I want to be in love with the player with this character, with this personality and that kid Marcus is the best example of it, especially in this club".

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