Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ajax 0-2 Manchester United: Manchester United win Europa League

Manchester United claimed their second major trophy of the season and secured Champions League football as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

On an emotional night following the attack which killed 22 people at Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday, United's fans were allowed a measure of celebration as Jose Mourinho's side won in comfort.

Paul Pogba's deflected shot put them ahead in the 18th minute and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's sixth Europa League goal of the campaign, flicked in from Chris Smalling's header at a corner, confirmed they would add to the EFL Cup won against Southampton earlier this season.
Wayne Rooney made a brief appearance as a substitute with a minute left and the game won, being handed the captain's armband by Antonio Valencia on what could well be his farewell appearance for United.

And as the final whistle sounded and United's celebrations began, chants of "Manchester" rang around the Friends Arena in tribute to those who died and were injured in the attack which cast a shadow over this showpiece occasion.

Mourinho - who has so often looked so unhappy this season - ran on to the field to celebrate with his players and was thrown in the air by his coaching staff and hugged by his son.

It means United are now the fifth team to claim the full quota of European trophies, joining an illustrious list with Ajax, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Pogba roars in celebration after breaking the deadlock in the European final, as Antonio Valenica (left) heads over to join him

The match-winning United stars pose with a banner as they pay their respects to the victims of this week's Manchester attack

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (left) and Paul Pogba celebrate rapturously as the Armenian doubles United's lead in Stockholm

United captain Wayne Rooney, who came on as a substitute, holds the trophy as his team celebrate their latest triumph 

Jose Mourinho kisses the Europa League trophy

 Jose Mourinho has won Man Utd's first Europa League title

Jose Mourinho celebrates at the end of the Europa League final

BBC    News.