Man United beats Ajax 2-0, wins Europa League

Hazel Gray
May 25, 2017

Manchester United fans talk about the terrorist attack on the Ariana Grande pop concert as they prepare to watch their football team play in the Europa League final in Stockholm, Sweden.

Pogba's shot took a big deflection to beat Ajax goalkeeper André Onana in the 18th minute in Stockholm after a promising start to the final from Manchester United.

Ajax hogged the ball for the rest of the match but rarely looked like getting past United, who saw the game out to preserve Mourinho's 100 per cent record in European finals and deliver the continental trophy missing from their collection.

A sixth-place finish in the English Premier League meant United had to win this match if they wanted to secure Champions League qualification. "We've done it, and we're proud", said Pogba.

The French midfielder, who cost a reputed 105 million euros ($117.98 million) when he joined United last summer, was withdrawn just before half-time in United's final game of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday. "We win a title, an important title, that closes the lot - we have now won every [European] title in world football".

"We always thought that we could win the Europa League and we are very happy".

And with two minutes played of the second half, they were hit by a United sucker punch.

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"Like I said, they're not used these young kids to play a final, it's all new for them", he told a post-match news conference.

United, meanwhile kept faith with Sergio Romero ahead of David de Gea in goal, while Chris Smalling was selected ahead of Phil Jones to partner former Ajax player Blind at the heart of the defence.

Pogba - the world's most expensive player - stood out although his crucial first goal had a huge element of fortune to it.

Mkhitaryan's goal was much prettier, although it came from a direct route.

Mourinho admits that this has been the most testing season of his coaching career, with United having been victorious in the Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the Europa League but falling well short of expectations in the Premier League.

United had little trouble keeping Ajax at bay in the closing stages and the celebrations were euphoric after the match. They delivered when it mattered most.

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