Manchester United Dedicate Europa League Win to Victims of Arena Bombing

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Reuters picSTOCKHOLM, May 25 ― Manchester United's Paul Pogba took a step towards helping repay his world record transfer fee with the opening goal in their Europa League win over Ajax Amsterdam yesterday which gave them a place in next season's lucrative Champions League. On a wider level, it was also a moment to cheer for the team's grieving home city.

The Manchester terror attack that killed 22 people on Monday (May 22) will prevent United from fully enjoying their Europa League success, but the "treble" of Europe's second-tier competition, along with the League Cup and Community Shield hardly compares with the 1999 haul of the Champions League, EPL and FA Cup titles. "This is a time now that I will go and spend with my family, there's decisions I have to make and I'll do that over the next few weeks".

It also secures a passage into the group stages of next season's Champions League, ensuring that they will join Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool at the top table of European football despite having finished only sixth in the Premier League table.

"When you go into big matches you go happy and we didn't".

"It has been a really hard week in the city of Manchester and we are happy to win for all the people that have suffered". 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 percent, it's enough for us".

David Beckham, the English midfielder who brought increased visibility to American soccer and won two Major League Soccer titles while playing for the Galaxy from 2007 to 2012, is among 12 first-time candidates on the 33-player ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

"We know we could have done better in the Premier League so to finish the season by winning the League Cup and the Europa League is fantastic". I don't want to see any global friendlies, I am selfish. "They are not used to play a final".

French global star Paul Pogba, who was brought in by the club last summer for approximately $117 million, struck first in the 17 minute with a driving shot that took a deflection off one of the Ajax defenders and gave Manchester United a 1-0 lead.

"I respect and study opponents. We performed like a big team today and I think our fans can be very proud of us".

Pogba - the world's most expensive player - stood out, dominating the midfield in the first half.

Fellaini laid the ball off to Pogba at the edge of the area, and the France midfielder allowed it to run across him before sending in a low left-footed shot that struck Davinson Sanchez's outstretched leg, looped up, and span into the net past wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana. By then, Ajax was 2-0 behind after Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal in the 48th.

A little more than 48 hours after the attack, substitute Wayne Rooney took over the captain's arm band and raised the Europa League trophy at the Friends Arena, the stadium where American Grande began her world tour back on May 8.



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