Although it was a joyous occasion on the pitch, thoughts immediately turned to remembering those who lost their lives
PAUL POGBA has paid an emotional tribute, saying that the team won the Europa League for all the victims of the Manchester terror attack.
Manchester United defeated Ajax 2-0 in the final last night (Wednesday) to secure the silverware thanks to goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
But the triumph was tinged with sadness in a week where 22 people were killed and dozens injured when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena in the city.
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United’s record signing Pogba, who netted the first goal for his team in Stockholm, said pitchside: “We played for the people who died.
“These things are terrible all over the world, in London and in Paris.
“We went out focused to win and we won for Manchester and the country.
“We played for England, we played for Manchester and we played for the people who died.”
United boss Jose Mourinho also paid a special tribute to the people killed in the Manchester terror attack by saying his club “wouldn’t think twice” to exchange the Europa League Cup for their lives.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho said: “If we could, we would obviously change the people’s lives for this cup, immediately.
“We wouldn’t think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe. But we just came to do our job.
“We came without the happiness we should bring with us, because when you come for these big matches, you come happy, you come proud. And we didn’t. we just came to do our job.”
Prior to the final in Sweden, Manchester United were joined by opponents in observing a minute silence prior to kick-off in remembrance of the victims.
Pogba and his colleagues also wore black armbands for the showpiece.
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The £89million French midfielder’s strike from around 25 yards out deflected off Davinson Sanchez and past keeper Andre Onana into the net for United’s opener.
Despite his joy firing United into the lead, the 24-year-old clearly had other things on his mind as he celebrated.
He quickly pointed to the skies in what is believed to have been a tribute to both his recently deceased father and the victims of this week’s Manchester Terrorist attack.
Pogba was on compassionate leave from the Red Devils earlier this month after the loss of Fassou Antoine at the age of 79 following a long-term illness.
He posted an emotional tribute to his “Pap” on Instagram after his death.
Pogba and his team-mates have also been rocked along with the rest of city and the United Kingdom following terrorist Salman Abedi’s attack on the Manchester Arena.
He used a nail bomb to massacre 22 people and maim 119, including kids, more on Monday evening at a Ariana Grande concert.
Authorities believe the bomber used a small detonator in his left hand to trigger the deadly device.
Horrified witnesses had reported pulling nails from bloodied adults and children during the carnage.