Mata praises ruthless Mourinho as finals streak continues

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2017

The Red Devils beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm and the 35-year-old couldn't resist being a major part of the celebrations back in his homeland.

AJAX CAPTAIN DAVY Klaassen accused Manchester United of sitting back and playing a long-ball game in Wednesday's Europa League final.

"Mourinho hates losing, during the week he tried to motivate the team as well as he could, focusing on not committing any errors, we didn't make any mistakes and we played well", Mata told reporters. It is very hard against a team like that.

"I'll do that the next few weeks with my family while I'm away and, honestly, as soon as I know what's going on then, I'm sure you (will know)". United was the clear victor, the players imposing themselves as much through their physicality as their superior game management.His crucial first goal had a huge element of fortune to it, though.Mkhitaryan's goal was much more easy on the eye.They were given no time to settle in the second half as Mkhitaryan leapt to knock Chris Smalling's knockdown from a corner into the roof of the net after 48 minutes.

"We didn't start well".

The French forward is one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, elavating his worth by clearing the 20-goal mark in each of his three seasons with Atletico. They just waited around.

There were not an bad lot of real chances. Some say we had a bad season but the prize is here.Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera put in an influential display, taking home the Man of the Match award, and dedicated the trophy to the victims of the attack.

'You know, it is really hard, ' the United boss said of the tragic backdrop to the game, with his side's scheduld pre-match press conference having been called off on Tuesday with Uefa's agreement.

The victory now means that United are just the fifth club to win all three major European trophies, following in the footsteps of Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in winning the European Cup, the Uefa Cup or Europa League and the European Cup Winners' Cup.

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