Manchester United claimed the Europa League Trophy  after a 2-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday night at Stockholm.

Paul Pogba’s deflected strike in the 18th minute and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s close-range goal (48) secured United’s second trophy of the season.

Victory also earned the club a place in next season’s Champions League group stage and justified the decision of manager Jose Mourinho to prioritise this competition in recent months.

Pogba, who was playing less than two weeks after the death of his father, almost rewarded those travelling supporters inside the first minute, but shot narrowly wide from distance.

The success means they become the fifth club in history to have won all three major European trophies, but more importantly, could bring a smile to some supporters in a heartbreaking week for their city for Monday night bombing at a pop music concert in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children.

The celebrations of the fans and players at the full-time whistle were, however, tempered by this terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening, which prompted heightened security at the Friends Arena .

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