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Antonio Valencia extends Manchester United stay

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London (AFP) – An emotional week in the Manchester United career of Antonio Valencia ended Friday with the announcement he had signed a new contract with the Europa League winners that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.

The 31-year-old winger cum full back was United’s captain as they won the Europa League - the only major trophy missing from their collection with a 2-0 win over Dutch side Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm - a match that took place just two days after a suicide bomb in Manchester killed 22 people.

Antonio Valencia extends Manchester United stay

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London (AFP) – An emotional week in the Manchester United career of Antonio Valencia ended Friday with the announcement he had signed a new contract with the Europa League winners that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.

The 31-year-old winger cum full back was United’s captain as they won the Europa League - the only major trophy missing from their collection with a 2-0 win over Dutch side Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm - a match that took place just two days after a suicide bomb in Manchester killed 22 people.

Europa League victory lifted Manchester – Ferguson

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s Europa League victory gave the city a boost just two days after a devastating suicide bomb attack left 22 dead and dozens injured, claimed legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

United beat Dutch side Ajax 2-0 in Sweden - goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealing an emotional win and a place in the Champions League next season - to deliver some joy to the city that saw pop concert goers as young as eight killed by the blast.

Europa League victory lifted Manchester – Ferguson

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s Europa League victory gave the city a boost just two days after a devastating suicide bomb attack left 22 dead and dozens injured, claimed legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

United beat Dutch side Ajax 2-0 in Sweden - goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealing an emotional win and a place in the Champions League next season - to deliver some joy to the city that saw pop concert goers as young as eight killed by the blast.

Photos: Man Utd fly home from Stockholm with the Europa League trophy

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Last night's journey home... with an extra-special piece of hand luggage. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/IawPGHxz9U Manchester United...

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Jose Mourinho restores Manchester United’s winning feeling

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Stockholm (AFP) – Judgement was reserved until the final game of his maiden campaign, but in guiding his club to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho has restored the winning feeling at Manchester United.

There was little sparkling football at Old Trafford this season and despite a 25-game unbeaten run, Mourinho could do no better than a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Video: Highlights of Ajax 0-2 Manchester United

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Here is how Manchester United won the Europa League. A tactical masterclass from manager Jose Mourinho prevented opponents Ajax from having so much...

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Video: Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho hates losing

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#MUFC man @juanmata8 praises manager José Mourinho after @ManUtd's latest trophy:#UELfinal pic.twitter.com/6hDbfT5j1a UEFA Europa League...

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Video: Man Utd’s dressing room celebrations

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pic.twitter.com/D5YRjm6AmC Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) May 24, 2017 These were the scenes inside the Manchester United dressing room after...

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Man City tweet #ACITYUNITED after Man Utd’s Europa League win

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pic.twitter.com/Kz89wXt8It Manchester City (@ManCity) May 24, 2017 Manchester City showed solidarity with Manchester United after their...

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‘You Told Me One Day You’d Win!’ – Youri Djorkaeff Congratulates Henrikh Mkhitaryan On Europa League Triumph By Sharing Childhood Photo Of Man Utd Matchwinner

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After scoring the acrobatic goal that effectively sealed Manchester United's Europa League win, Henrikh Mkhitaryan passed a personal milestone.

Indeed, the 28-year-old Armenian forward won his very first European title a fate that was promised to him long ago by none other than Youri Djorkaeff.

Video: Man Utd lift the Europa League trophy

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The moment @ManUtd lifted their 6th European trophy and celebrated their place in the 2017/18 #UCL...#UELfinal pic.twitter.com/LjFebYdnNc ...

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Tweets and Photos: Man Utd players react to winning Europa League

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UNITED we did it!!!!! @ManUtd #MUFC #UELFinal pic.twitter.com/TzL2apPWJe Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) May 24, 2017 Manchester United's...

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Europa League Winners Man Utd Both Earned And Cost Themselves An Awful Lot Of Money Last Night

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A goal apiece from a couple ofplayers with acombined transfer fee of £115million saw Manchester United barge tender youngAjax aside in the Europa League final last night.

Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both went some way to paying back a significant chuck of their astronomic outlays, with United earning themselves a huge wedge byemerging victorious in Stockholm.

Man United tops Ajax to win Europa League final and secure UCL berth

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After an up and down season in England, Manchester United booked a spot into next season's Champions League after a 2-0 Europa League final victory over Ajax on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho's side used goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to defeat the young Dutch squadat Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Europa League: Pogba And Mkhitaryan On Target As Man Utd Cruise To Victory v Ajax On Emotional Night In Sweden (Video)

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Jose Mourinho picked up his second trophy of the season as his experienced Manchester United side proved too good for Ajax's gifted youngsters.

Before the game, a minute's silence was held for the victims of Monday night's attack in Manchester, with applause breaking out at Solna's Friends Arena.

Pogba sends grieving Man Utd to emotional Europa triumph

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Stockholm (AFP) – Paul Pogba propelled Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday in a Europa League final rendered heavy with emotion by this week’s terror attack in Manchester.

A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memory of the 22 people who died at Manchester Arena on Monday ended with United completing their trophy collection through goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Pogba sends grieving Man Utd to emotional Europa triumph

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Stockholm (AFP) – Paul Pogba propelled Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday in a Europa League final rendered heavy with emotion by this week’s terror attack in Manchester.

A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memory of the 22 people who died at Manchester Arena on Monday ended with United completing their trophy collection through goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

GIF: Paul Pogba’s dance after Man Utd beat Ajax

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Pogba doing Pogba thing!

GIF: Jose Mourinho rolls around the pitch with his son after Man Utd beat Ajax

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Delight for the Mourinho family as Jose embraces his son at full time.

Video: Wayne Rooney comes on for possibly his last Man Utd appearance

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Wayne Rooney cheered on to the pitch by the Manchester United fans as he replaces Juan Mata in the 90th minute. pic.twitter.com/N2ACAetqie BT...

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Undoubted Highlight Of Europa League Final: Ajax ‘Keeper Andre Onana Does A Magic Fart (Video)

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Just a half-time quickie to bring you Pies' official highlight of the Europa League Final so far.

Here's Ajax 'keeper André Onana using his downstairs trumpet to conjure up a BT Sport graphic...

Ajax kalecisi Onana'nın yayıncı grafikleriyle imtihanı pic.

Video: Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrives at Europa League final on mobility transport

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Zlatan has arrived. Leg well rested #MUFC #UEL pic.twitter.com/mbN2YEQ97q Dan Salisbury-Jones (@dsj_itv) May 24, 2017 There was no way...

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Video: Man Utd players arrive for Europa League final

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The players have arrived at the Friends Arena ahead of kick-off. #UELfinal Where to watch: https://t.co/QwyIDdO23D pic.twitter.com/1WqQRj6oRl ...

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Confirmed Europa League Final Team News: Ajax vs Man Utd

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Ajax team to play Man Utd Dit is onze line-up! ❌ Heldhaftig❌ Vastberaden❌ Barmhartig#UELfinal #ajaman pic.twitter.com/0IHUriJeYj AFC Ajax...

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Jan Vertonghen sends good luck message to Ajax ahead of Man Utd game

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Good luck to @AFCAjax tonight ❌❌❌ #UELfinal Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) May 24, 2017 Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has taken...

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Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Europa League Preview: Ajax, Man United collide in tournament final

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The 2016-17 UEFA Europa League final is finally upon us with Ajax facing off against Manchester United in Wednesday's final match.

Solna, Sweden will play host to the final, which started off with qualifying back in June 2016. A total of 188 teams have taken part in this year's tournament, with two historic sides looking to lift the trophy.

One night to shine in Sweden

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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL 2017 Manchester United v Ajax Friends Arena, Stockholm 19:45 GMT
The heat appears to be on Manchester United tonight, or more specifically Jose Mourinho.

The club is bigger and richer than Ajax and demands success so winning the Europa League against a lesser side is expected at boardroom level.

2017 Europa League Final, Real Madrid signs Brazilian phenom, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 24, 2017

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Man U attempts to bring home the Europa League trophy.

Happy Wednesday folks. It's a big day for soccer, so let's get right to the main course:

UEFA Europa League Final preview: Manchester United vs. Ajax | NBC Sports

It's the Europa League final (2:45pm, FS1), with Manchester United hoping to win for all of Manchester after the terrible tragedy that took place Monday night, while Ajax hopes to win its first European trophy since 1995.

Videos: Man Utd’s walk round the pitch in Stockholm

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Can see United and Ajax at same time pic.twitter.com/4FOoKcUbbr Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 23, 2017 We brought you a photo earlier, now...

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Photos: Man Utd players on the pitch at the Friends Arena

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The #MUFC players and staff at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. pic.twitter.com/q3jQTvhZl6 Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2017 Manchester...

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Video: Ajax hold a minute’s silence before training in Stockholm ahead of Man Utd clash

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#Ajax begon de training met een minuut stilte ter nagedachtenis aan de slachtoffers van de aanslag in Manchester.#UELfinal #ajaman...

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Manchester attack overshadows Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on United’s Carrington training pitches west of Manchester city centre and said the club had been deeply affected by the tragedy.

Manchester attack overshadows Europa League final

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United’s preparations for Wednesday’s Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute’s silence on United’s Carrington training pitches west of Manchester city centre and said the club had been deeply affected by the tragedy.

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Mourinho says Manchester attack victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

Mourinho says Manchester attack victims in United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said the victims of a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester were in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as United prepare for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

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Mourinho games the Europa League

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Not too long ago, there was a push to add some kind of meaning to the Europa League. On the surface, it was easy to dismiss the tournament as close to irrelevant. Winning meant lifting a trophy, sure, but few confused that with an overwhelmingly successful season. The Europa League was what it was, Europe's second-tier competition.

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Ajax-Manchester United, poche ore al gran finale di Europa League

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In attesa di assegnare la Champions, nella supersfidadel 3 Giugno tra Juventus e Real, questa sera Ajax e Manchester United si giocano, a Stoccolma, l'Europa League 2017. In campo due grandi portagoniste (più nel recente passato che in questi ultimi anni) del panorama internazionale, e che possono vantare, insieme, 7 Coppe dei Campioni/Champions e ben [.