Jose Mourinho has given some insights into the approach which helped Manchester United overcome Ajax Amsterdam in the 2017 Europa League final.
United romped to a 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday and while Mourinho admitted that the Dutch club had some advantage over his team in some areas, he was quick to state that the Red Devils harped on their own strong points.
"We knew where they were better than us, we knew where we were better than them. We tried to kill their good qualities and tried to explore their weaknesses and we did that very well." he told BT Sport.
The result also confirmed United's place in the Champions League next season but, having played 64 matches in a busy campaign, Mourinho admitted that it has been the toughest year of his career.
He said: "It is the end of a very difficult season, but I think a very, very good season. We prefer this way than to finish fourth, third or second. We got the objective of returning to the Champions League, but by winning a title, and important title, a title that closes the lot.
" The club is now a club with every title in world football and we are very happy because we fought hard for this since the beginning,"
"We had this in our minds. We always thought that we could win the Europa League, and we are very happy especially because the way we played the final was very intelligent. We knew exactly how to win and we did it in a comfortable away against a good team. We were much stronger than them.