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Wayne Rooney has 'more or less' decided Manchester United future

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Kenny Thornton | 26 May, 2017, 17:20

A cool sidefooted finish puts United on the way to a 2-0 victory.

World-record signing Paul Pogba broke the deadlock in the 18th minute with a deflected strike to ease Manchester United's nerves in the Europa League showpiece.

Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were crowned Europa League Champions at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on May 24.

Winning this trophy means a lot for Man U. It nearly guarentees that Antoine Griezmann will make the switch from Atletico Madrid to United, and it is also enough to likely keep Swedish beast Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who said that he would probably leave the club if they didn't make the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho has explained why he chose to break the habit of a whole season and wear a Manchester United tracksuit for games against former club Chelsea in March and April, even making a point of visibly tapping the badge of his new club in the most recent meeting. The Italian side won all three trophies in the space of nine seasons in the 1970s and 80s.

"We got three trophies, we are playing Champions League next season, so I think it is fair to say it was a great season for us considering all the difficulties we have".

"We go to the Champions League by winning a trophy, not by finishing second, third or fourth", Mourinho said, a comment clearly serving as a little dig at Tottenham, City, and Liverpool. It's a pity we can not fly with the happiness we always have before a big game.

Job done, just about.

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Last week there was talk that this match would determine the success of Mourinho's first season in charge at Old Trafford.

This has been particularly noticeable at Old Trafford, where United have regularly failed to beat mid-table teams.

In Stockholm, a city recovering from its own terrorist atrocity after a stolen truck was driven into pedestrians on a busy shopping street, killing five, the consensus was that the pre-match mood was somber. Not until the two teams lined up on the halfway line for a minute's silence that eventually turned into applause.

The squad celebrated their victory joyfully, with cries of "ole! ole!"

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney claims he has "lots of offers" and is considering his future.

French midfielder Paul Pogba, who scored United's first goal, dedicated the triumph to the victims, saying: "We played for the people who died".

"These things are bad all over the world, in London and in Paris".

Sanchez looks to be the complete package as a centre back whilst possessing huge potential, and with Everton looking for a young defender alongside Ashley Williams, Sanchez could fit the bill - though Ajax certainly won't want to lose him after just a year with the Amsterdam giants.

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