Manchester United claimed the Europa League Championship, their second major trophy of the season and secured a place in the Champions League after beating Ajax in Stockholm final.
Emotions were high following the attack which killed 22 people at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday, thus making this win for Manchester a most crucial and poignant one.
Paul Pogba’s shot put the club in the lead in the 18th minute mark.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s sixth Europa League goal of the campaign, flicked in from Chris Smalling’s header at a corner, sealed the victory and giving United their second Major trophy this seson to add to their EFL Cup won against Southampton earlier this season.
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 Manchester Arena attack.
This means that 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.
What Ajax coach Peter Bosz said:
“It was a boring game. There were no chances from both sides,” Bosz said after the final whistle.
“I’m disappointed because you play finals to win them. We didn’t. I haven’t seen the Ajax that I’m used to.”
“For all the players, this is the first final,” he added.
“They will learn a lot from it and we will become stronger, and if we can keep this squad together we will be stronger next season, for sure.”