Manchester United bests Ajax to win Europa league
Friday, May 26, 2017
On Wednesday, in the Manchester United defeated Dutch capital-club Ajax AFC 0–2 to win the Europa League title and qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage despite finishing sixth in the this season. A deflected goal from Paul Pogba's left-footed shot in the first half and a flick goal by in the second half ensured that José Mourinho's side lifts its third trophy in this season, previously winning and the .final,
Before the kick-off, a one-minute silence was observed at the Stockholm, for the victims of a suicide attack in on Monday. The English side had just 33% ball possession in the entire match, completing 192 passes out of 276. A comparatively young Ajax team, with the average age of the starting lineup no more than 23 years, had 88% passing accuracy, with 565 successful passes. Manchester United had better numbers for defense, recovering 64 balls – 22 more than Ajax, and had almost twice as many ball clearances as the Dutch counterpart. A total of 32 fouls were committed in the match, and the official booked six players – three players of each side received a yellow card.,
At the age of 17 years and 285 days, Ajax's Marcus Rashford became the youngest winner of the tournament at the age of 19 years and 205 days.became the youngest player to play in the Europa League final, while
A deflection off Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan scored a goal just in front of Ajax's net, which doubled Manchester's lead. Five players were booked in the second half. Ajax's attempts in the final minutes of the game were stopped by Romero, not giving them a chance to reduce the difference.from Paul Pogba's left-footed shot gave United an early lead. Ajax's shot-stopper saved 's close-range strike. Another attempt in the first half by Ajax's was saved by . The half time ended 0–1. Minutes into the second half,
Last season, Premier League club Liverpool FC lost the Europa finals against Spanish side . United is the first English club to win the Europa since 2013. This season's Premier League winners Chelsea won the tournament four years ago against at Ajax's ground, . Since then, Sevilla has added three Europa titles to their collection.
After the match, Ajax's coach Peter Bosz said, "We're obviously disappointed. I didn't see the Ajax team I'm used to, pressing and competing for first balls. We weren't good enough. Often, to win finals you must first lose them. It's all new for all my team. They will learn a lot from it and if we keep the squad together they will be stronger for it." Bosz's first season as Ajax's coach ended trophy-less.
Manchester United's boss José Mourinho said, "We are in the Champions League in the right way and for me the right way is winning the Premier League or winning the Europa League. We were not strong enough to win the Premier League but we were strong enough to win the Europa League and we are back in the Champions League. The club now has every trophy in world football. We fought hard for this since the beginning. We totally deserved the win. I am so happy to see all the players, including the boys with the crutches, with the trophy." The Portuguese has won two Champions League titles – one each with FC Porto and Inter, and two Europa titles – the first one with Porto.
United became the fifth team after Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, and Ajax to win all three major UEFA trophies – European Cup Winners' Cup, the European Cup (rebranded as Champions League) and UEFA Cup (rebranded as Europa League). They are to face the winner of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League final in the UEFA Super Cup scheduled on August 8 at the in .
José Mourinho, Manchester United manager:"We are in the Champions League in the right way and for me the right way is winning the Premier League or winning the Europa League."
|May 24, 2017|
|Ajax AFC||0–2||Manchester United||Stockholm, Sweden, |
Referee: Damir Skomina
Jairo Riedewald 82'
|0–1 (HT)||Paul Pogba 18'|
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 31'
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 74'
Marcus Rashford 84'
Juan Mata 90'
Wayne Rooney 90'
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