Manchester United won the Europa League and it was as emotionally charged as you'd expect

Louis Dor
Thursday 25 May 2017 09:15
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On 22 May, at least 22 people were killed and 59 injured after a terrorist attack occurred during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Just two days later, Manchester United played Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm.

Thanks to 17th and 46th minute goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they won 2-0.

After the game, the players expressed an awareness that this had been an emotional fixture.

Paul Pogba, the first goal scorer and world-record transfer signing, said after the game:

We know things like this are very sad, all over the world. We had to focus, it was very important.

We won for Manchester, we worked for them, for the country.

We play for England, for Manchester and for the people who died.

Central midfielder Ander Herrera said:

Yesterday morning we were devastated. We were really sad because you think of life and football – you have no choice.

It was difficult to train but the manager told us the only thing we could do is win this for them and that is what we have done.

It is just a football game and a trophy but if we can help and support with this just one per cent it is enough for us.

Former United player and England captain, David Beckham, said:

Tonight was more important than sport.

It was a big night for United but an even bigger night for the city and our country.

At a time when we are grieving for the families that have lost loved ones, we have a sport that has brought a little happiness at a difficult time.

After the fixture, the squad posed for a photo commemorating the fixture and remembering the victims.

The trophy makes United England's most successful club with 42 trophies, and it is the first victorious Europa League campaign in the club's history.

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