Sport http://persecondnews.com Fri, 26 May 2017 15:04:54 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Manchester United brings smile to a grieving city with Europa League victory http://persecondnews.com/index.php/sport/item/8082-manchester-united-brings-smile-to-a-grieving-city-with-europa-league-victory http://persecondnews.com/index.php/sport/item/8082-manchester-united-brings-smile-to-a-grieving-city-with-europa-league-victory Manchester United brings smile to a grieving city with Europa League victory

Manchester United gave its grieving home city a moment to cheer by winning the Europa League on Wednesday, beating Ajax 2-0 in the final thanks to goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

 

United's players flew to Sweden in sombre mood and with heavy hearts following the tragedy at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, and were determined to produce a display that served as a tribute to the victims and their families.

That they succeeded in doing so was a testament to their strength of character.

"Yesterday morning, we were devastated," United midfielder Ander Herrera said, dedicating the win to the victims, "... but the manager told us the only thing we could do was to win this for them. That's what we've done. It's just a football game, just a trophy, but if we can support them with this just 1 per cent, it's enough for us."

Mourinho said his players "put a wall in front of their eyes" to get through the match.

"If we could, we'd change obviously the peoples' lives for this cup. We wouldn't think twice," Mourinho said. "Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe."

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