Thursday, 25 May 2017

Jose Mourinho's Tactical Masterclass Secures Manchester United The Europa League

Mourinho's Tactical Masterclass, Manchester United Europa League

Manchester United won their first Europa League title in the history of the club after defeating Dutch side Ajax 2-0 to secure automatic promotion to the UEFA Champions League.

Paul Pogba and Manchester United's top scorer in the Europa League Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the goals each in either half of the game.

Jose Mourinho has now won three trophies in his first season in charge having won the Community shield and EFL Cup for Manchester United.

The Match began at the Friends Arena with a minute silence in honour of the 22 people that died in Manchester terror attack.

Jose Mourinho having missed qualifying for the Champions League via League position after Manchester United finished the season on sixth position with the Europa League their only route to the Champions League set up his side to nullify the threat of Ajax by sitting deep, pressing the Ajax midfield and going long.

Jose Mourinho's side got the opener just 18 minutes into the game, an awful Riedewald throw-in gifted the ball to Mata, who fed Fellaini, the Belgian fed the ball to Paul Pogba at the edge of the Ajax box, his shot came off Sanchez before looping over Onana on its way to the net.


Valencia almost added the second in the 24 minute after receiving a pass from Fellaini, his shot was on goal was saved by Onana.

Manchester United top scorer in the Europa League Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the second goal three minutes into the second half, Smalling headed Blind's corner into the path of Mkhitaryan, The Armenian volleyed the ball over his head into the back of the net.

Ajax committed men forward to try and force their way back in the game, but Manchester United were able to contain them with Romero making a comfortable save from Van de beek late in the game.

The Match ended 2-0 in favour of Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho becoming the first Manager to win the Europa League and Champions League more than once.

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