Manchester attack: Beckham says United's Europa League win 'brings happiness'

Lawrence Kim
May 26, 2017

Jose Mourinho returned to top form after Manchester United's Europa League triumph last night as he took a typical dig at his detractors saying "poets" don't win titles.

And as the final whistle sounded and United's celebrations began, chants of "Manchester" rang around the Friends Arena in tribute to those who died and were injured in the Manchester Arena concert attack which cast a shadow over this showpiece occasion.

The victory not only qualified United for next season's Champions League after their sixth-place finish as in the Premier League, it brought a measure of relief to a many weighed down by this week's terror attack in Manchester.

Ajax coach Peter Bosz called the Stockholm showdown "boring" as his young impressionable side were nullified by a far more physical and experienced United side, who won the game with a goal in each half from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

United fan favourite Ander Herrera, voted man of the match, echoed Pogba's words.

"I dedicate this trophy to my family, to Manchester and to all Armenians!"

"This is football, but what happened two days ago was frightful".

United finished 24 points adrift of champions Chelsea this season, but defender Chris Smalling says the club's first Europa League success has fired their ambitions.

"Tonight was more important than sport", ex-United player Beckham said.

"I'm disappointed because you play finals to win them. We pray for peace".

"We're teeing ourselves up for a good pre-season and who knows next year?" he said. We were really, really sad.

"The fact that we can make history for the club, but the fact that we can line up in the Champions League with that music, I think there's no better feeling".

United's victory meant they won two trophies this season, as they lifted the EFL Cup back in February.

Midfielder Juan Mata added: "It was a very hard week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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