Rio Ferdinand sends message to Man United fans about Paul Pogba

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

A guttural roar of "Manchester, Manchester" thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle.

After sealing the victory in the Europa League, formerly known as UEFA Cup, Manchester United have joined Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus in an elite band of teams to have won all three of UEFA's major club trophies, namely European Champion Clubs' Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, and European Cup Winners' Cup.

However, having secured the double this season, Mourinho was quick to correct anyone who dare claim that his side have not won another famous treble.

That they succeeded in doing so was a testament to their strength of character. One minute silence is also observed before the start of the match.

"We always thought that we could win the Europa League and we are very happy", Mourinho told BT Sport.

United are unlikely to fetch anything like the £27m they paid for Shaw back in 2014 but it seems as if they are ready to cut their losses and bring in a more established replacement. That's what we've done.

He was left out of the starting line-up for Wednesday night's Europa League final meeting with Ajax and came on for just in the final few minutes of the 2-0 win in Stockholm.

French midfielder Paul Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute as his powerful shot took a deflection off an Ajax defender and found the goalkeeper wrong-footed.Henrikh Mkhitaryan then doubled the lead by scoring a goal in the early part of the second half. Ajax played the European Tournament after 21 years, and they make busy Manchester United's defense one after one attack.

"I haven't see the Ajax that I'm used to, which means good football, high pressing and being dominant".

"But once you play the final, for that moment you forget it". It's all new for them.

"I think a younger me would have been a lot more frustrated", said Rooney of his limited playing time under Jose Mourinho at United.

"Wayne was ready to play, was a big option", Mourinho said.

It was remarkable creativity, but also reflected a greater level of experience in the United side.

The only manager in United's history to win a trophy in his first season - his team won the League Cup in February and Community Shield in August - Mourinho concludes the campaign with three trophies.

"We preferred to reach the Champions League this way than finish fourth, third or second", said Mourinho.

We wouldn't think twice.

Mata, like his team-mates, dedicated the triumph to the city he calls home, saying Europa League success meant more than winning the World Cup, European Championship or Champions League given the circumstances.

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