Juan Mata 'proud' to win Europa League for people of Manchester

Taylor Byrd
May 26, 2017

There's still some way to go; United lack consistency - even within individual matches.

The win preserved Mourinho's ideal record in major European finals, adding to his 2003 UEFA Cup victory with FC Porto, and his Champions League triumphs with the same club in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

Pogba was pictured looking thrilled with the trophy with Jose Mourinho enjoying the show.

United are now only the fifth club - alongside Ajax, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich - to have won all three European trophies.

"Obviously, we were really, really sad about what happened". "We would not think twice".

"It has been a really hard week in the city of Manchester and we are happy to win for all the people that have suffered". So now it's for him, for the owners, for the people that work with him and I just wait but I don't care about football now. The players go to their national teams, two more matches, I can't do it.

Mourinho punches the Man Utd badge after beating Chelsea at Old Trafford.

In his first season as United manager, he has won two major trophies (EFL Cup and Europa League) along with the Community Shield and now that Champion's League berth that is so coveted in the modern game.

For all his spin, his at-times questionable man-management and the cautious approach of his team, Mourinho is proving to be the coach to whom United really should have turned after the retirement of Alex Ferguson in 2013.

After a 15-match European traverse from Odessa and Ukraine in the east to Vigo on Spain's western Atlantic coast, United were the 2016/17 Europa League winners.

Having overlooked England's most capped outfield player for March's games against Germany and Lithuania citing a lack of minutes at United, Rooney's increased game time in recent weeks left Southgate reaching for a more stark explanation for his latest omission.

The squad celebrated their victory joyfully, with cries of "ole! ole!" "It's been a long season, we've played a lot of games".

"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. His reference to the shortage of numbers glosses over the fact that it was his decision to offload Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger and that the number of injuries and tiredness suffered by players was not helped by his lack of rotation earlier in the season.

Mourinho hasn't, in the words the song United fans have made their own since January "got United playing the way that they should", but this season has been an improvement on the soporific offerings served up by Louis van Gaal's side.

"For all the players, this was the first final", he said. United looked to nullify their opponents, and to get the job done. It was, in-fact a Europa league match at Old Trafford versus Fenerbahce on October 20 where Mkhitaryan was given a second chance to recapture the form that proved elusive at the start of the season.

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