GLORY GLORY: Man United

The Red Devils prevailed 2-0 against Ajax Amsterdam in Stockholm on Wednesday night via goals from deflected Paul Pogba effort and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s overhead kick to win the tournament for the first time.

United beat an Ajax side with an average age of 22 years and eight months, who tried to play their traditional attacking game.

The Special One’s team, on the other hand, have been criticised by club legends for betraying United’s legacy of exciting, expansive football.

But Jose can’t be bothered, after he led United to success in the Community Shield and League Cup this season, saying: “The poets are the ones that win every match.

“I think I am going to have one of these jobs in a few years. I always lose matches, but some guys win every time and I don’t.

“But in a bad season, in a season where sometimes I felt my team is the worst in the world and I am the worst manager in the world, we won three trophies and go to the Champions League by winning a trophy.

“Not by finishing second or third or fourth, and we have the honour of going to the Super Cup.

“So the season was the victory of pragmatism and the people who respect the opponent and try to exploit the opponents’ weakness.

“Based on pragmatism and humble principles. Not poets.”

The United manager celebrated wildly after once declaring he did not want to win the Europa League, saying success in the competition would be a “big disappointment”.

But he changed his tune once his Premier League chances were blown.

He says: “To me it is the most important trophy of my career because it is the last [most recent] – that is how I look at things.

“It means everything. It means the third trophy and going back to the Champions League and a European trophy.”

“Now it is like Ajax and some other clubs with every trophy in the world of football.”