Peter Bosz: ''We have to learn to play and win finals''

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

Manchester United legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the people of Manchester and said the Europa League trophy win by United gave the city a lift after Monday's terror attack.

Reminders of the attack were everywhere at Stockholm's Friends Arena, from United's black armbands to the chants of "Manchester!" from their fans, while Pogba, too, was grieving, following the recent death of his father.

Eight Manchester United players were named in the Europa League squad of the season, selected by UEFA's technical observers.

United finished 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea this season, but defender Chris Smalling says the club's first Europa League success has fired their ambitions.

Jose Mourinho started the Argentine in the 2-0 Europa League final win over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday and David de Gea's future at Old Trafford has been up in the air with Real Madrid's continuous interest. "If we could we would change people's lives for this cup", Mourinho stated, "we would not think twice. I try to make my players respect the opponents" strengths and also to understand their weaknesses'. "But with three trophies in one season and [qualifying for] the Champions League, I am very happy in my most hard season as a manager".

"These things are awful all over the world, in London and in Paris", added the French worldwide, who was also playing at the Stade de France on the night of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks. "In order to win finals you must play them and learn from them and all my players that played today they would have learnt a lot".

Ajax coach Peter Bosz said it would be understandable for his young side to feel nervous - and his fears were confirmed as they were never able to show off the full extent of their glittering promise.

The Red Devils dictated the early exchanges and went ahead through Paul Pogba's deflected effort, before sitting off Ajax and pouncing just after the restart when Henrikh Mkhitaryan's improvised finish effectively put the tie to bed.

However, two goals proved enough for Mourinho's men on a hard evening.

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