Manchester United wins Europa Final grabs UCL spot

Published Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:14 AM by Shane Barrow
Manchester United wins Europa Final grabs UCL spot

Mission accomplished.  Coach Jose Mourinho caught a lot of flack down the stretch because he put all his eggs in the Europa League basket and failed to focus on the run in of the English Premier League.  Once again though, the wonderful manager proved his worth and his value as Manchester United won the Europa League title with a 2-0 victory over Ajax Wednesday.  The Europa League trophy is important but even more important than the title is the Champions League place that comes along with it.

Champions League means Money. Prestige. Power on the transfer market. Happiness in the locker room. Fan engagement. The list goes on and on. Jose Mourinho knew this fact and went for it. Allowing Manchester United to flounder in 5th place in the league table in the attempt to go win the Europa League. And he did!

The tactics on the day were perfect. Manchester United could not have written a more perfect script for the Final. The game was managed. Goals on each side of halftime sealed the deal.  Trophy and UCL spot earned.  After the match, Mourinho summed up the performance:

"If you want to press the ball all the time, you don't play short. If you are dominant in the area, you build long. There are lots of poets in football, but poets don't win many titles. We knew where they were better than us, we knew where we were better than them. We tried to kill their good qualities, we tried to explore their weaknesses. We did this very, very well since the first minute and we totally deserved the trophy."

Ajax fought valiantly but was no match for the experience and talent of the Manchester side.  Ajax fielded the youngest side ever in a European Final. Their youth and talent showed at times, but they were never able to break down the determined English team. Ajax too often settled for long-range shots that simply were not on target. They are a young and talented side though and have a bright future if management doesn't sell the youngsters on for big profits.

Meanwhile, Manchester United celebrated in style. "It's the end of a very difficult season, but I think a very, very good season," Mourinho told BT Sport following the match. "We prefer it this way than finish fourth, then finish third, then finish second. We prefer it this way. We got the objective of the Champions League but winning a title, an important title, a title that closes the lot. The club is now a club with every title in world football.