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May 26

The 2017/18 Champions League and Europa League access list

How many slots does each nation have in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League and where would their clubs enter? The access list answers all.

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May 26

Top ten goals of the UEFA Europa League season

Leon Bailey tops the list while Kalifa Coulibaly features twice in the UEFA Technical Observers’ top ten goals of the UEFA Europa League season. Watch then all now!

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May 25

Why do Roma fans love Francesco Totti?

As Francesco Totti announces that Sunday will be his final game for Roma, UEFA.com takes another look at what makes the 40-year-old forward the Giallorossi’s ‘King of Rome’.

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May 25

José Mourinho delivers Manchester United glory but pragmatism has limits | Jonathan Wilson

Victory over Ajax showed again Mourinho’s knack for thwarting gifted opponents but fans of a club of United’s means are entitled to pine for more poetry

As Manchester United’s players celebrated with the Europa League trophy, José Mourinho brandished a red flag. He walked in front of his squad and tried to plant it into the pitch. The pole, though, was too flimsy and bent, leaving Mourinho to prop the flag awkwardly against a hoarding reading “Stockholm Final 2017”. As a metaphor for his first season at United it could hardy have been bettered: grand gestures thwarted but the job eventually, just about, done.

It was a night replete with symbolism. Deep into injury-time at the Friends Arena on Wednesday night, the Ajax winger Amin Younes picked up the ball on the left. He glanced up and had just made as though to jink inside when he was clattered by the horizontal form of Wayne Rooney making an effective if clunking challenge that put the ball out for a throw-in. That it could be his last ever touch in a United shirt felt hugely appropriate; he has throughout most of his career had a pleasing commitment to the necessary but unglamorous work.

Related: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

Related: Lack of a Plan B for Ajax costs them dear when chasing Europa League final | Michael Cox

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/25/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-pragamatism-jonathan-wilson

May 25

Lack of a Plan B for Ajax costs them dear when chasing Europa League final | Michael Cox

Peter Bosz’s Ajax had been drilled so relentlessly in a specific style they were helpless when they needed to get back into the game against Manchester United

It is rare to see a final contested between teams using such utterly different approaches, and equally rare for the game to pan out so predictably. Ajax had plenty of the ball, Manchester United counterattacked and proved more ruthless in the penalty area.

The stylistic contrast was remarkable. Ajax are a possession-based side rejuvenated under their attack-minded coach, Peter Bosz, a man who greatly admired Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side, and in transferring that template on to his young charges, was also creating something of a throwback to Ajax’s Total Football days. If Bosz was playing the role of 2010 Guardiola, José Mourinho was playing the role of, well, 2010 Mourinho. The man who repeatedly tried to frustrate that Barcelona side with resilient deep defending and sporadic counterattacking did largely the same here.

Related: Manchester United win Europa League as Paul Pogba sets up emotional victory

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May 25

Pogba and Mourinho pleased with Manchester United’s season after Europa League win – video

Paul Pogba says that Manchester United’s season can be regarded as a successful one after the club beat Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday to win the Europa League and secure qualification for next term’s Champions League. It is a view shared both by his manager José Mourinho and team-mate Juan Mata too. In addition to the Europa League, United also won the League Cup and Community Shield over the course of the campaign

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May 25

Where the Europa League final was won and lost

Manchester United executed José Mourinho’s game plan to pefection, Ander Herrera the embodiment of their display – UEFA.com ponders where the final was won and lost.

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May 24

Man Utd dedicate win to attack victims

Manchester United dedicate their Europa League win to the victims of Monday’s attack in the city, as players make heartfelt tributes.

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May 24

Man Utd win brings happiness – Beckham

Manchester United’s Europa League triumph brings “a little happiness at a difficult time”, says former England captain David Beckham.

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May 24

‘We won it for Manchester’ – Paul Pogba dedicates victory to attack victims

• ‘It obviously takes happiness from our achievement,’ says Mourinho
• ‘If we can support with 1% it’s enough for us,’ adds Ander Herrera

José Mourinho stated his hope that Manchester United’s success in Wednesday night’s Europa League final had brought some happiness to the city following the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena, while the midfielder Paul Pogba dedicated the victory over Ajax to “England, Manchester and the people who died”.

Pogba scored the 18th-minute opener before Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled the lead for a 2-0 win over the Dutch side in Stockholm. It came two days after the terrorist attack that killed 22 people, some children, and injured scores more.

Related: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

Related: Europa League final: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United – player ratings

Related: Manchester United keep focus to claim Europa League on emotional night

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May 24

Manchester United keep focus to claim Europa League on emotional night

Two days after the Manchester Arena attack, José Mourinho’s side showed grit to defeat Ajax and win their first European trophy in nine years

At the end, delirious scenes greeted this triumph. As the Manchester United substitutes and staff flooded on to the pitch to hug the players, José Mourinho wagged a finger and was hailed by the supporters sent into ecstasy by an emphatic victory over Ajax .

The injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic was irrepressible as he took a selfie with the suspended Eric Bailly by the trophy. Next, Mourinho jigged with his squad and, finally, the late substitute Wayne Rooney lifted the Europa League cup to mark a fitting end to a match played against the harrowing backdrop of Monday’s bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Related: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

Related: Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 to win Europa League

Related: We did it for the city of Manchester, said Paul Pogba, scorer of United’s first goal

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/may/24/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-focus-claim-europa-league

May 24

Herrera named man of the match

Ander Herrera could finally reflect on “a great season” after Manchester United’s win in Stockholm, with the midfielder named as man of the match by UEFA’s technical observers.

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May 24

The story of the final in photos

Manchester United are sporting silverware in Europe again and we look back at how their 2-0 victory against Ajax panned out through the lenses of our cameras.

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May 24

Manchester United on Europa League honours’ board

Manchester United have become the 28th club to engrave their names on the UEFA Europa League trophy, to officially end Sevilla’s three-year hold on the title.

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May 24

Manchester United take place on UEFA Europa League honours’ board

Manchester United have become the 28th club to engrave their names on the UEFA Europa League trophy, to officially end Sevilla’s three-year hold on the title.

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May 24

How Man Utd’s victorious players rated

Who was busy and inventive? And who never stopped running for a second? Phil McNulty rates the Man Utd players after their Europe League win.

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