Man United seek first Europa League title

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25 May, 2017

Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United's Europa League triumph to Manchester and the rest of the country following Monday's bomb attack in the city.

Davids was part of the famous Ajax side which beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Champions League final back in 1995, before he went on to play for the likes of Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.

The match carries a huge incentive in the form of automatic entry to next year's Champions League group stages.

The bookies the favorite of the upcoming Europa League final called "Manchester United". As long as that happens, there will be only one victor. Ajax and Manchester United were allocated 10,000 tickets each as finalists, but the number of English fans may well top 20,000. So we are taking it very seriously and are focused on trying to win. 'If Ajax play like they did against Schalke, Copenhagen and Lyon, then they have a good chance'.

"We know Champions League football is the end goal, but we need to earn the right to be in the Champions League and that's by winning on Wednesday night". Mourinho's team have so far amassed €8.2 million in prize money in the Europa League.

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He added: "But the psychological environment for the group of the players was absolutely horrendous". You picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I had a bad game and disappointed you.

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This Ajax team may not boast the same star names as their predecessors, but a win will go a long way to finally placing the club back on the European map.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand echoed those thoughts, saying: "I am obviously devastated, Manchester's somewhere I have made home for 12 years, almost 13, my kids were born here, made many friends there, still in contact with many of them". For a side that has taken enormous pride in their entertaining displays on their quest for a first European trophy in 22 years, they hardly turned up for Wednesday's encounter. "It's completely normal to be nervous".

There was a brief period when Manchester United fans felt that they were in with a decent chance of competing for the Premier League title as Mourinho made the flawless start to life Old Trafford.

World record signing Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute as United won the ball after an Ajax throw-in, the Frenchman's shot taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot goalkeeper Andre Onana and fly into the net.

"I think what happened really put things into perspective", said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.


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