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"We'd exchange cup for victims' lives" - Mourinho

25 May 2017

Manchester United became the first premier league side to qualify to the UEFA Champions League from the Europa League when they defeated Ajax 2-0 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror.

Following the game, United player Juan Mata said the club wanted to win the game for their city.

Strong defensively and a powerful presence in midfield, Pogba took the match by the scruff of the neck early on and was rewarded with a goal, albeit deflected, after 18 minutes.

"Thank you to my teammates because without them I couldn't score so many goals", he said.

In the 48 minute, United were awarded a corner kick which led to Mkhitaryan getting free inside the box and flicking in an acrobatic overhead kick to give Manchester a 2-0 lead.

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United's triumph followed success in the League Cup and the Community Shield in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge at Old Trafford with Champions League football secured after United could only manage a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Speaking to BT Sport, the French midfielder said: "We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too".

United manager Jose Mourinho told reporters: "If we could, we would obviously change the people's lives for this cup, immediately".

Mourinho was also keen to remind his critics and players that they have actually won three trophies this season.

Ajax hogged the ball for the rest of the match but rarely looked like getting past Manchester United.

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Pogba - the world's most expensive player - stood out although his crucial first goal had a huge element of fortune to it. In defender Matthijs de Ligt , aged 17 and 285 days, they also had the youngest player to feature in a European final.

Mourinho stressed that his team were able to block from their minds Monday's attack in Manchester and focus on their biggest game of the season.

Peter Bosz's men had sparkled in this competition on their way to the final, playing in a manner the coach describes as the "Ajax way" - pressing quickly, passing swiftly. Nobody can talk. Some say we had a bad season but we have three trophies.

There was a minute applaud for the 22 dead victims in the Manchester attack.

After the win, United's crosstown rivals, Manchester City, took to social media to stand in solidarity with the citizens of the town and celebrate their win.

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