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2016/17: United win it for Manchester

Published: Tuesday 30 May 2017, 13.13CET
Manchester United claimed their first UEFA Europa League title in Stockholm after a José Mourinho coaching masterclass.
2016/17: United win it for Manchester
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Published: Tuesday 30 May 2017, 13.13CET

2016/17: United win it for Manchester

Manchester United claimed their first UEFA Europa League title in Stockholm after a José Mourinho coaching masterclass.

Manchester United proved too strong for Ajax as a goal in each half won the 2017 UEFA Europa League to complete the English giants' set of major UEFA club competition trophies.

Strikes from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured the victory in Stockholm but this was the consummate team performance, built on a formidable midfield engine room of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Pogba. Ajax had no answer.

It was a rather limp end to a campaign that had burned bright for the Dutch side, whose starting XI for the final averaged 22 years of age. They stunned Schalke and Lyon en route to Sweden, yet never quite managed to match their Amsterdam form on their travels.

Final highlights: Ajax 0-2 United

All four of Ajax's knockout wins came by the odd goal, underlining an overall competitive trend: in 19 of the 30 ties from the round of 32 onwards, there was just a goal between the teams. Three quarter-finals went to extra time, with free-scoring Lyon needing penalties to eventually see off Beşiktaş.

Ajax then blocked Lyon's path to the final but there would be no denying José Mourinho's United. The Mancunians' Friends Arena success clinched their first UEFA Europa League trophy, a place in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage and the opportunity to dedicate a prize to their city – a city wounded by an explosion two nights before that snatched 22 lives.

"The manager told us that the only thing we could do was win this," said Herrera. "It's only a football game, it's only a trophy, but it's something."

United's full set of European titles

Final man of the match: Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

Top ten 2016/17 UEFA Europa League goals

Landmarks

  • A crowd of 80,465 watched Tottenham v Gent at Wembley in the round of 32, breaking the UEFA Europa League attendance record.
  • The group stage high was also smashed as 73,063 turned out at Old Trafford to see Manchester United beat Fenerbahçe on matchday three.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović became only the third player to score for seven different teams in UEFA club competition after John Carew and Adrian Mutu.
  • Aritz Aduriz notched a UEFA Europa League record five goals, three of them penalties, in Athletic Club's 5-3 group stage triumph over Genk.
  • Mourinho is the first coach to win both the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League on multiple occasions.
  • United are the fifth side to win all three of UEFA's major club competitions after Ajax, Bayern München, Chelsea and Juventus.
  • Matthijs de Ligt, aged 17 years 285 days, became the youngest ever UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League finalist.
  • United became the 28th club to land the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League trophy.
  • Marcus Rashford became the youngest winner in the UEFA Europa League era, aged 19 years and 205 days.

Squad of the season

Last updated: 30/05/17 14.11CET

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Final result

The final - 24/05/2017
Ajax0-2Man. United
NetherlandsNetherlands
 
EnglandEngland
  • Stadium: Friends Arena
  • Place: Solna (SWE)
Semi-finalists
CeltaSpainSpain
LyonFranceFrance
 

Calendar

Qualifying

Play-offs

Group stage

Knockout phase

Final