Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

  • Manchester United deliver tactical display to beat Ajax 2-0 and achieve Europa League glory.
  • Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan guided United to victory.
  • Ajax boast a smorgasbord of vibrant, young talent but were overawed by the occasion.
  • Both sides paid tribute to the victims and those affected by the Manchester terror attack.
Manchester United

Jose Mourinho's men have done the job in Stockholm. Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensured United's tactically masterful display ended with glory and the promise of Champions League football next season.

Mourinho showed what the result meant to him after the final whistle after being stone faced throughout. Manchester may have been devastated by the horrific events on Monday, but the Red Devils have done their city proud tonight.

That's it from IB Times UK. Have a very good evening.

Manchester United


Full-time: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester United are Europa League winners!


Rooney replaces Mata as we head into stoppage time. The United captain comes on for his 559th and potentially final appearance for the club.

Four minutes of stoppage time, United have their hands on the trophy.


Lingard came so close to making it three for United and three for him in cup finals, but Sanchez raced back to stop the England international at the vital moment.

At the other end, Van de Beek cuts inside Smalling but his shot is held well by Romero.

Rooney is set to come on as Mourinho makes his final change.


Bosz makes another change as De Jong replaces Riedewald, while Mourinho is set to bring off Rashford for Anthony Martial.

Ajax press patiently for a way back but Sanchez, who was almost left red-faced at the other end by Fellaini, blasts way over.

Just over six minutes left to play.


Tempers boil over as Herrera squares up to Klaassen and Ziyech. Mata caught Van Ligt very late and deserved a yellow card, but his challenger also drew the ire of a number of Ajax players. Riedewald was also cautioned for his part in the handbags.


Lingard is involved from the off as he feeds Pogba intelligently. The Frenchman then exchanges passes with Rashford before colliding with an Ajax defender, but referee Skomina saw nothing untoward.


Mkhitaryan is withdrawn for Lingard. The Armenia may well have scored the goal that ensures United glory tonight and Champions League football next season.

Lingard, who has scored in FA Cup and EFL Cup finals, gets quarter of an hour to see if he can make it a hat-trick.


Referee Skomina awards a free-kick to ajax just outside the box as he adjudges Mkhitaryan to be guilty of handball.

Ziyech and Van de Beek stand over the ball. The former takes and manages to hit his own player in the wall. Really not Ajax's night so far.


Changes for both teams as Schones is replaced by Van de Beek for Ajax. Jesse Lingard is set to come on for Manchester United.


Ajax attack well but Ziyech ends all momentum by going for the spectacular when he maybe should have sought to pass.

Ajax come again through Younes and Traore and win another corner out of Smalling, but it comes to nothing. United quickly dart up the other end through Rashford but he is eventually stopped in his tracks by Van Ligt.


Younes is the next Ajax player to pick up a yellow card. The attacker pulled back Valencia, who overpowered him physically.

United work the ball from free-kick well, ending with Pogba teeing up Fellaini to power a header at goal. The Belgian can only find the hands of Onana with his effort, though.


Bosz rolls the dice as the ineffective Dolberg is replaced by young Brazilian David Neres, a £10m January recruit. Less than half an hour for Ajax to change proceedings.


Mata wins a free-kick from Veltman, who receives a yellow card for his part in the tussle.

The Spaniard then goes down in the area as Van Ligt brushes him aside, but it's simply great defensive work from the 17-year-old.


Younes is picked out brilliantly by Ziyech but Valencia shepherds him away from goal.

Traore picks up the pieces and Ajax eventually win a corner, given away needlessly by Pogba.


A wonderfully ingeuitive strike from Mkhitaryan doubles United's lead!

Mata's corner is headed down by Smalling, and Mkhitaryan is the first to react as he hooks the ball brilliantly past Onana.

Huge goal.


GOAL! Ajax 0-2 Manchester United (Mkhitaryan)


Ajax have started the second half brightly and were building up a head of steam before Younes fouled Fellaini.

The Belgian almost proves influential at the other end as he trots into the area, but Sanchez manages to hook the ball away for a corner.


Both sets of players are now back on the pitch. Kasper Dolberg gets the second half under way. The Dane was remarkably quiet in the first period.


Half-time: Ajax 0-1 Manchester United

Jose Mourinho's men are in front thanks to Paul Pogba's deflected effort. United started much brighter and looked dangerous through Rashford, but after a shaky start Ajax have grown into the game, with Traore looking lively.

It's not been a classic, but there's still all to play for in the Swedish capital.

Manchester United


Traore plays a neat one-two with with Klaassen but Darmian does excellently to get his body between him and the ball and quell the growing danger.

One minute of stoppage time to be played, United set to go in with the lead.


Valencia raids down the right once again and attempts to find Fellaini, but his cross fails to reach the Belgian.

Soon after Sanchez almost gifts United a second as he dallies with the ball on the edge of his area. Rashford almost pounces, but the Ajax man just about recovered.


Traore sets off on a spellbinding run, evading Pogba, Fellaini and Blind. Smalling eventually clears and Pogba wins a foul to stem the Ajax tide.

Less than 10 minutes until half-time.


Ajax look dangerous as they flash a wicked ball across the six yard box, but Dolberg could not stretch and get on the end of it.

The Dutch outfit are constantly looking to switch the play to Riedewald, who is up against the impressive Valencia, United's captain for the evening.