Manchester United are the latest team to make the Champions League list for next term after winning the Europa League game against Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Coach Jose Mourinho’s name is being sung to the high heavens after the feat in the Friends Arena. He has won four of his European finals that he has been involved in.
Pundits praised Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba for their strong display against the Dutch side. An excited Juan Mata said he was happy to lift the European title with the Red Devils. He said it was special after the Manchester Arena bombings.
This means five Premier League teams would appear in the Champions League next season. Chelsea, Spurs, Man City and Liverpool already qualified before United now join them.
“We did it. We are very proud. Nobody can talk. They said we had a bad season but we have three trophies,” Pogba said after the game.
United won the Community Shield before the EFL Cup glory and then the Europa League title. The four minutes added were not enough for the Dutch side to cause an upset after goals from Pogba and HenrikhMkhitaryan.
United’s appearance in the Champions League draw pot means only two English sides will play next season’s Europa League: Arsenal and Everton. Arsenal would go straight to the group stage while Everton will play from the third qualifying round.
Man United are expected to make the Pot 2 at the group stage draw for the tournament in august based on their UEFA coefficient ranking points.