Pogba, Mkhi, Mata say Europa win defies critics

Date published: Thursday 25th May 2017 8:50

Paul Pogba says that “nobody can talk” after Manchester United won the Europa League on Wednesday.

After a difficult season in which United finished sixth in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to Stockholm for the Europa League final and eased past Ajax with serenity.

Pogba scored the game’s opening goal via a massive deflection in the first half, and was delighted to claim a “third trophy” of the season.

“We knew we were going to play in the Europa League and the goal was to win the Europa League,” he said.

“We did it. We are very proud. Nobody can talk. They said we had a bad season but we have three trophies. We worked hard and we’ll enjoy it now.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was happy to fulfil his colleagues’ prophecies after helping the Red Devils reach the Stockholm showpiece with five European goals this term.

The Armenian, who scored the second goal in the final, said: “Thank you to my team-mates because without them I couldn’t score so many goals. I’m happy that I scored here today in the final because everyone was saying, ‘You’re going to score in the final’ and after the last game against Celta Vigo I was dreaming about scoring in the final and I did.

“We were fighting in two races: the Premier League and the Europa League. In the Premier League we couldn’t hit the target to go to the Champions League but tonight we gave all our effort and now we’re playing in the Champions League.”

Juan Mata added: “It’s massive for us. We came here with one option – to win the trophy that the club had never won and we did it so we are happy.

“It was a great final and my first European final with United, hopefully the first of many.

“Especially after what happened (in Manchester) we wanted to win this and we’ll bring the trophy back.

“It was a very difficult week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered. This trophy is for them.”

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