United dedicate Europa League win to Manchester victims


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reflected on his first season in charge of the Red Devils, as his side lifted the Europa League on Wednesday night, after seeing off Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm. It means going back to the Champions League and playing in the European Super Cup next August.

Here are the main points from his post-match interviews... OVERALL THOUGHTS "My thoughts are obviously with the victims of the tragedy in Manchester and with the families".

We were not strong enough to win the Premier League but we were strong enough to win the Europa League. If we could we would change peoples lives for this cup - we would not think twice.

"The poets are the ones that win every match", said the Portuguese, who had previously led United to success in the Community Shield and League Cup.

"I think not. Honestly, I think not", he told Sport TV.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits the Europa League champions are unlikely to sign Monaco star Bernardo Silva, but kept the possibility open. At a time when we are grieving for the families that have lost loved ones we have a sport that has bought a little happiness at a hard time...

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.

"If you are dominant in the air you go long".

As for Man United's summer dealings in the transfer market, one in which Mourinho and the club are expected to be very active, the manager said that CEO Ed Woodward knew what players he wanted and has for some time already.

- Late substitute Wayne Rooney made his fourth appearance in a major European final for Manchester United (also the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals), equalling the record held by Ryan Giggs. I try to make my players respect the opponents' strengths and also to understand their weaknesses. In Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford, he has guided the team to two trophies - the League Cup in February - and a place in next season's Champions League, the bonus prize for winning the Europa League. I am so happy to see the boys with the crutches with the trophy and now I am on holiday.