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Pogba and Mourinho pleased with Manchester United’s season after Europa League win – video

Paul Pogba says that Manchester United’s season can be regarded as a successful one after the club beat Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday to win the Europa League and secure qualification for next term’s Champions League. It is a view shared both by his manager José Mourinho and team-mate Juan Mata too. In addition to the Europa League, United also won the League Cup and Community Shield over the course of the campaign

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‘We won it for Manchester’ – Paul Pogba dedicates victory to attack victims

• ‘It obviously takes happiness from our achievement,’ says Mourinho
• ‘If we can support with 1% it’s enough for us,’ adds Ander Herrera

José Mourinho stated his hope that Manchester United’s success in Wednesday night’s Europa League final had brought some happiness to the city following the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena, while the midfielder Paul Pogba dedicated the victory over Ajax to “England, Manchester and the people who died”.

Pogba scored the 18th-minute opener before Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled the lead for a 2-0 win over the Dutch side in Stockholm. It came two days after the terrorist attack that killed 22 people, some children, and injured scores more.

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Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top

• United face Ajax on Wednesday evening in the Europa League final
• Mata says he wants to stay at the club beyond contract expiry in 2018

Juan Mata believes Manchester United finally have the right manager in José Mourinho, with the Spain international hopeful a new era of success can be kick-started by winning the Europa League.

United face Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm. If Mourinho’s side win they will claim their second trophy of the season, following the EFL Cup, as well as qualifying for the Champions League next season.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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José Mourinho press conference lasts just 10 seconds after Manchester United win – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho exits his press conference following the win over Crystal Palace after just 10 seconds on Sunday. Mourinho arrives to speak to journalists following the 2-0 win at Old Trafford but none of those present ask a question. Without much hesitation Mourinho gets straight back up from his seat and leaves the room

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José Mourinho press conference lasts just 10 seconds after Manchester United win – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho exits his press conference following the win over Crystal Palace after just 10 seconds on Sunday. Mourinho arrives to speak to journalists following the 2-0 win at Old Trafford but none of those present ask a question. Without much hesitation Mourinho gets straight back up from his seat and leaves the room

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Ajax’s Bertrand Traoré hopes to show Chelsea what they are missing

Bertrand Traoré is on loan from Chelsea and comes up against José Mourinho, a big admirer of the precocious forward, in the Europa League final

A Europa League final offers scant opportunity for sentiment but there will be room for a touch of mutual fondness when Bertrand Traoré and José Mourinho come to exchange pleasantries. Traoré was the final player to be given a competitive debut at Chelsea by his former manager; at that point, in September 2015, it would have taken a creative imagination to predict their meeting on opposing sides in Stockholm on Wednesday but the Ajax loanee has every reason to anticipate the reunion positively.

“I haven’t met with him since he left Chelsea so I’ll be happy to see him again,” Traoré says, and he hopes to do so after demonstrating, once again, the gifts that once so bewitched Mourinho.

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney may miss out on Old Trafford send-off

• Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United without home farewell
• Paul Pogba to feature in youthful team against Crystal Palace

Wayne Rooney may have no Old Trafford send-off to his 13-year Manchester United career after José Mourinho stated the captain will probably not feature in Sunday’s final home game against Crystal Palace.

Rooney’s future at the club is in doubt as the 31-year-old may depart in the summer. If so United’s record goal-scorer and longest serving player, having joined in August 2004, would end a stellar period at the club with no chance of saying goodbye to the home crowd.

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José Mourinho: Manchester United’s last Premier League game should be moved

• Manager wants extra time to prepare for Europa League final
• ‘We are sixth, Palace are safe, it doesn’t matter,’ says Mourinho

José Mourinho has questioned why Manchester United’s final game of the Premier League season cannot be brought forward by 24 hours to help them prepare better for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax.

The manager claimed that “in any country in the world,” the match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford would be played on Saturday, rather than Sunday, because it is meaningless for both clubs. In England, however, Mourinho said there had never been any concessions to clubs that go far in European competitions.

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Manchester United to pay Glazer family £18.3m dividend this year

• Projected income over 2016-17 financial year increased to £560m-£570m
• Mourinho resting players on an ‘à la carte’ basis before Europa League final

The six Glazer siblings who own the majority of Manchester United will be paid £18m as a dividend by the club this year, following £15m last year, according to its latest financial statements. The accounts for the three months to 31 March of Manchester United plc confirm the dividend, an annual 18 cents on each share owned, will be paid again in 2016-17.

Related: José Mourinho says season will not be failure if Manchester United lose final

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Manchester United to pay Glazer family £18.3m dividend this year

• Projected income over 2016-17 financial year increased to £560m-£570m
• Mourinho resting players on an ‘à la carte’ basis before Europa League final

The six Glazer siblings who own the majority of Manchester United will be paid £18m as a dividend by the club this year, following £15m last year, according to its latest financial statements. The accounts for the three months to 31 March of Manchester United plc confirm the dividend, an annual 18 cents on each share owned, will be paid again in 2016-17.

Related: José Mourinho says season will not be failure if Manchester United lose final

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José Mourinho defends rotation policy after Tottenham defeat – video

Speaking after his much-changed Manchester United side lost 2-1 to Tottenham in the last match at White Hart Lane, José Mourinho has defended his rotation policy, saying, ‘we didn’t gamble, we didn’t choose the Europa League.’ He also questions the fixture list, and takes a sideswipe at managers who regard reaching the top four as a ‘trophy’.

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José Mourinho defends rotation policy after Tottenham defeat – video

Speaking after his much-changed Manchester United side lost 2-1 to Tottenham in the last match at White Hart Lane, José Mourinho has defended his rotation policy, saying, ‘we didn’t gamble, we didn’t choose the Europa League.’ He also questions the fixture list, and takes a sideswipe at managers who regard reaching the top four as a ‘trophy’.

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham win was perfect send-off

• Spurs beat Manchester United 2-1 in final game at White Hart Lane
• Manager Pochettino wants club to build on second-place finish

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s victory against Manchester United as the perfect send-off to the old White Hart Lane as they confirmed their highest league finish since 1963.

Goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane paved the way for a 17th successive victory at the famous old ground, which was due to welcome in the bulldozers within hours of the final whistle as former players and managers took to the pitch for an emotional farewell ceremony. Despite the honour of scoring the final goal at the stadium – which first hosted top-flight football in 1909 against the same opponents – falling to Wayne Rooney as United almost rescued a point with a late salvo, Pochettino paid tribute to the club’s supporters for providing the impetus for their memorable final season at the Lane. “It was a very emotional game and ceremony. It’s difficult to describe,” said Pochettino.

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Europa League win would be a perfect end to the season, says Mourinho – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho praises the mental strength of his players after watching his side secure their place in the Europa League final on Thursday. United saw off a late rally from Celta Vigo at Old Trafford and won the semi-final 2-1 on aggregate. Mourinho goes on to say that winning the trophy would be the perfect way to end his first season at the club

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Eric Bailly’s red card should have been yellow against Celta Vigo: Mourinho

• ‘We have lost very important player for the final,’ says United manager
• United face Ajax in the final and Mourinho has never lost against Dutch

José Mourinho claimed Eric Bailly received the “wrong card” when being sent off against Celta Vigo as Manchester United reached the Europa League final, which the defender will now miss.

Bailly will be suspended for the Stockholm final on 24 May after becoming entangled in an 88th-minute melee at Old Trafford, with United leading 2-1 on aggregate. Bailly struck the Vigo No9, John Guidetti, Antonio Valencia then pushed the former Manchester City striker while Celta Vigo’s Facundo Roncaglia raised his arms.

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Romelu Lukaku tops Mourinho’s list of Manchester United transfer targets

• Mourinho wants Everton striker to spearhead United attack
• Old Trafford club face fight with Chelsea to sign the Belgian

José Mourinho has made Romelu Lukaku a prime summer transfer target, with the Manchester United manager instructing his board to try and prise the 23-year-old from Everton in the next window despite Chelsea also retaining a strong interest.

Lukaku has refused to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, stating in March that he wants to harness his potential to become world class. ”You need the platform to show yourself,” he said then, the inference being this cannot be achieved if he remains at Everton.

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Rooney indicates his Man Utd career may end in summer – video

Wayne Rooney gives the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United may end this summer. Speaking to media on Wednesday, Rooney says he still hasn’t given up on potentially staying at Old Trafford. It has been widely speculated the 31-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season having fallen out of the starting line-up for the first time since he joined United

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Wayne Rooney hints he may have to leave Manchester United in summer

• Former England captain admits lack of first-team football may force move
• Mourinho: focusing on Celta Vigo Europa League semi-final ‘not a gamble’

Wayne Rooney has given the clearest indication yet that his 13-year career at Manchester United will end this summer, with the striker admitting he has to leave Old Trafford to play more.

Rooney has lost his first-choice status this season and has also struggled to make the match-day squads selected by the manager, José Mourinho.

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