Manchester United Champions of Europe

Manchester United

Manchester United are Champions of Europe, after beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

It was the first time that United would win this second tier UEFA trophy.

The victory was the second trophy  won by United in the first season under Jose Mourinho’s  watch. And it is even sweeter, as it comes with a qualification ticket for the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage next season.

Paul Pogba scored United’s first goal with an 18 yard strike, which was deflected into goal in the 18th minute.

Then in the second half, Henrik Mkhitaryan doubled United’s advantage in just three minutes of play.

MANCHESTER: Hero Pogba leads United to emotional Europa League triumph

In the most painful of weeks for their city, Manchester United provided a fitting tribute on Wednesday by winning the Europa League with one of their most clinical performances of the season.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 AJAX

POGBA, MANCHESTER UNITED

The 2-0 win over Ajax came less than 48 hours after the terrorist attack which claimed 22 lives at the Manchester Arena, but United’s players deserve all the plaudits that come their way for their response in the face of adversity

Paul Pogba, himself coming to terms with the recent death of his father, was wonderful all night and scored United’s crucial first goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second soon after half-time allowed the hordes from the north-west of England to celebrate both their team and their city without the nervous tension which has engulfed many of their fixtures this season

It felt like Ajax’s fluid, attacking style of play actually played into United’s hands in the end as the space they left in behind allowed Jose Mourinho’s side to finds the gaps in which they revel. What is certain is that United felt destined to win even before Pogba opened the scoring.

As Pogba pointed to the skies after finishing off a fine team move with a deflected 20-yard effort, the emotion poured out both on the pitch and in the stands. When Mkhitaryan followed up with number two there was no less sentiment. It just felt right that this was to be United’s night.

Mourinho made a decision some weeks ago to apply his team’s focus to the Europa League in their race for a Champions League spot next term. It was a determination which courted plenty of attention, with the risk of resting United’s hopes on a single game causing concern for some.

Certainly, as the ball was cut back for John Guidetti in United’s close shave against Celta Vigo a fortnight ago, it looked as though Mourinho might have put his eggs in the wrong basket. But with this big-game performance on the most pressurised of occasions, United justified their manager’s faith.

Pogba turned in one of his most complete performances in a United shirt, Ander Herrera played a captain’s knock at the base of midfield, Marouane Fellaini was a man mountain at times, and the defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind dealt admirably with everything thrown at them. If United had played anything like this well for much of the season, then Champions League football could well have been assured long before they arrived in Stockholm.

But this was the perfect end to a long, difficult season. Manchester United are back in the European competition most befitting of the club’s name. What’s more, they have given Manchester something to hold onto in the most trying of times.

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Jose Manchester United miss out on top four spot (Tottenham 2-1 Man U)

Manchester United miss out on top four spot (Tottenham 2-1 Man U)
Tottenham celebrated their last match at the White Hart Lane on Sunday evening with an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United ending the Old Trafford team’s chances of qualifying to the UEFA Champions League via a league table finish.

Manchester United miss out on top four spot (Tottenham 2-1 Man U)

Liverpool comfortably beat West Ham 4-0 earlier on Sunday meaning Man U had to at least draw with Tottenham to have any hope of reaching the top four places, but two goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane ensured Man U will end either 5th or 6th while the Tottenham is guaranteed the number two spot on the league table, a massive points improvement from last season.

Manchester United miss out on top four spot (Tottenham 2-1 Man U)

White Hart lane, housing over 30,000 fans will now be destroyed and redeveloped to contain 61,000 fans and what better way to celebrate moving temporarily to Wembley stadium than defeating a Jose Mourinho tutored side who have an eye on securing champions league football by beating Ajax later this month in the Europa League final.

Marouane Fellaini fires Red Devils into Europa League final

Marouane Fellaini fires Red Devils into Europa League final

United went into the semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo one-goal up thanks to Marcus Rashford’s strike in Spain.

And the scorer turned provider at Old Trafford 16 minutes in when he whipped in a delightful cross from deep for the big Belgian to power in with his head.

But Celta’s Facundo Roncaglia hauled his team back into the tie with an 85th minute header.

Marouane Fellaini fires Red Devils into Europa League final

United managed to hold on but were devastated to lose Eric Bailly to a straight red card with just moments to go – meaning he now misses the final.

The centre-back completely lost his cool and lashed out grabbing former City player John Guidetti by the neck.

Marouane Fellaini fires Red Devils into Europa League final

Bailly’s over-the-top reaction saw visitors’ scorer Roncaglia retaliate and also earn himself a sending off.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Be Used For Research After He Retires – Doctors

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Will Be Used For Research After He Retires - Doctors

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s strength has made such an impression on doctors they want to carry out research on him once he retires.

That’s according to the Manchester United striker’s agent Mino Raiola, following the Swede undergoing a successful operation on his knee.

Ibrahimovic sustained ligament damage in the Red Devils’ Europa League victory over Anderlecht in the second leg of their quarter-final last month.

Many feared given the fact the forward is 35 years old, that the injury would force the Swede to retire from the game.

LIVE UPDATE: Arsenal vs Manchester United

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LIVE UPDATE FROM GOAL.COM

Manchester United bench: Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Axel Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian; Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial; Wayne Rooney.

Arsenal bench: David Ospina, Gabriel, Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal (3-4-3): Petr Cech; Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs; Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez.