Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United celebrate winning the Europa League with the trophy Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

Football Soccer – Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United – UEFA Europa League Final – Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden – 24/5/17 Manchester United celebrate winning the Europa League with the trophy Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

By Philip O’Connor

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal in each half as their team outclassed Ajax Amsterdam to win an emotional Europa League final 2-0 and qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

There was silence and then applause before the game to honour the victims of Monday’s deadly attack at a pop concert in Manchester in which 22 people died and both sides then played a final full of pride and passion at the Friends Arena.

Manchester United outclass Ajax to win Europa League

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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United celebrate winning the Europa League with the trophy Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Ander Herrera and Daley Blind in action with Ajax's Bertrand Traore and Frenkie De Jong Reuters / Lee Smith
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) of Manchester United celebrates a goal with teammate Paul Pogba. Anders Wiklund/TT NEWS AGENCY/via REUTERS
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) of Manchester United celebrates a goal with teammate Paul Pogba. Anders Wiklund/TT NEWS AGENCY/via REUTERS
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates a goal. Anders Wiklund/TT NEWS AGENCY/via REUTERS
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates winning the Europa League Reuters / Lee Smith
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Ajax players look dejected after the match Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the Europa League Reuters / Michael Dalder
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates winning the Europa League Reuters / Lee Smith
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates with coaching staff Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates after the match with Eric Bailly Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the Europa League Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Ajax's Amin Younes in action with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney Reuters / Ints Kalnins
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Jose Mario Mourinho junior celebrate after winning the Europa League Final Reuters / Michael Dalder
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Ajax's Davinson Sanchez in action with Manchester United's Jesse Lingard Reuters / Michael Dalder
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford applauds fans as he is substituted off Reuters / Michael Dalder
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Ajax's Jairo Riedewald and Amin Younes push Manchester United's Ander Herrera Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Ander Herrera squares up to Ajax's Amin Younes Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Paul Pogba celebrate winning the Europa League Reuters / Lee Smith
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the Europa League Reuters / Michael Dalder
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Ajax coach Peter Bosz looks at the trophy as he walks past after collecting his medal Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with the tophy Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho kisses the tophy Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Antonio Valencia and team mates celebrate winning the Europa League with the trophy Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes a selfie with Eric Bailly and the tophy Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Wayne Rooney lifts the trophy as his team mates celebrate Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and team mates celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League Reuters / Michael Dalder
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (C) lifts the trophy as his team mates celebrate Reuters / Phil Noble
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Football Soccer - Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final - Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden - 24/5/17 Manchester United celebrate winning the Europa League with the trophy Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

Football Soccer – Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United – UEFA Europa League Final – Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden – 24/5/17 Manchester United celebrate winning the Europa League with the trophy Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

World record signing Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute as United won the ball after an Ajax throw-in, the Frenchman’s shot taking a wicked deflection to wrong foot goalkeeper Andre Onana and fly into the net.

Mkhitaryan then flicked the ball home early in the second half following a United corner, and with chants of “Manchester! Manchester!” echoing around the stadium, United held on to win the only European trophy missing from the Old Trafford cabinet.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; editing by Ken Ferris)