Published On: Thu, May 25th, 2017


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It was an emotional game for Manchester United after a minute of silence was observed before the match in  honour of the victims of Monday’s attack in Manchester on Monday in which 22 people died.

Paul Pogba’s eighteenth minute deflected shot lifted their spirit as he put the English side ahead and three minutes into the second half while Henrik Mkhitaryan came with the climax just three minutes into the second half giving United a cause for celebration.

The game was dominated by youthful presence  as Ajax fielded the youngest ever starting eleven in a major European final – 22 years, 282 days. Marcus Rashford become the youngest Englishman to start a major European final since 1980, and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is now the youngest player ever to to the same.

Ajax struggled to get into the game it was not until 15 minutes that they could get any kind of foothold in the game, with United physically more dominant and sharp.

Ajax forward Traore was the most likely to inspire his team and not long before the break he played a nice one-two on the edge of the 18-yard box with Kasper Dolberg, and just as he was about to pull the trigger Matteo Darmian poked the ball out of play.

Relief was a more apt emotion given the circumstances, as United added the only trophy missing from their cabinet, with Herrera receiving the man of the match award.

So with the Europa League cup and an automatic Champions League spot Jose Mourinho have not really done bad in his first campaign with United.





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