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Manchester United outclass Ajax to win Europa League

Manchester United outclass Ajax to win Europa League

"I'm disappointed because you play finals to win them".

Manchester United fans were thrilled with Paul Pogba's performance against Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday night.

"There are lot of poets in football but they don't win titles".

Victory enabled United to complete a sweep of European trophies.

They may have gone about it in an unorthodox fashion, but Manchester United are back in the Champions League. "We've done it, and we're proud of that", said Pogba, who joined the team before this season on an estimated 105 million euros as the most expensive player around the world.

United were the more risky team from the game's opening exchanges, with Marcus Rashford's lateral movement causing problems for Ajax's high defensive line.

"But once you play the final, for that moment you forget it". We played for the country. So we are taking it very seriously and are focused on trying to win.

The £30m summer signing was on hand to deftly poke Marouane Fellaini's header into the Ajax net to get one hand on the Europa League trophy.

Substitute Wayne Rooney raised the Europa League trophy and said: "Obviously football doesn't bring back the lives which were lost, but to try and give some happiness to the city was vital to us".

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However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss says it is more gratifying to have qualified for the Champions League by winning a trophy than through a top-four finish and is now looking forward to a long break. "In the Premier League we couldn't hit the target to go to the Champions League but tonight we gave all our effort and now we're playing in the Champions League".

"It means for the club the last piece of the puzzle, it is now like Ajax is and some other clubs - a club with every trophy in the world of football".

"We totally deserved the win".

He said: "I am happy but I want to dedicate this to the victims". I don't want to see any worldwide friendlies, I am selfish. I can't do it.

"For me, enough is enough".

"The last couple of months have been very hard".

Ajax are in their first European final since their penalty shoot-out defeat to Juventus during the 1995/96 Champions League campaign.

After raucous celebrations that saw the Portuguese dancing on the pitch with his son, Mourinho said: "It was a very hard season and a very good season".


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