Man United crowned Europa League champions!
Europa League By: Olakunle Brown | 24/05/2017
Manchester United became the first premier league side to qualify to the UEFA Champions League from the Europa League when they defeated Ajax 2-0 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.Paul Pogba gave the Red Devils the lead in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan grabbed the second in the second half.Ajax manager Peter Bosz made just one change from the side that played the semifinal against Lyon as Riedewald came in at left-back for Viergever who picked up a red card in that match. Jose Mourinho brought in Juan Mata for Jesse Lingard in the starting line-up while Chris Smalling replaced suspended Eric Bailly for Manchester United. First Half
There was a minute applaud for the 22 dead victims in the Manchester attack.It was a very lively start to the game as both sides went for the kill early on. There was an early scare for Ajax as goalkeeper Onana collided with defender Veltman while trying to defend a cross from Juan Mata.
Ajax began the second half very well as they went in search of a way back into the game. But it was Manchester United that extended their lead as Henrikh Mkhitaryan pounced on a knock down from Chris Smalling and scored with an overhead to make it 2-0.Ajax substituted star player Kasper Dolberg as he had no influence on the match at all. Fellaini had the opportunity to make it three but his header was easily saved by the goalkeeper. At the other end, Ajax had a freekick on the edge of the United box when Mkhitaryan was adjudged to had handled the ball but the resultant freekick was blocked by the wall.Ajax had the chance to score a consolation goal at the dealt but despite beating Sergio Romero, Valencia was on hand to clear the ball as the game finished 2-0 and sent United into the UEFA Champions League as winners of the Europa League.