Jose Mourinho sends message to Ed Woodward over Manchester United targets

Ander Herrera has revealed that Jose Mourinho told Manchester United's players that all they could do was win the Europa League final in the wake of Monday night's attack in Manchester.

"What I see as a midfield player, an old midfield player, is someone that's not really got a great understanding of the game". "That is how I look at things".

On an emotional night in Sweden, United won their second major trophy of the season as they earned a 2-0 win against the Dutch side, securing Champions League football.

This also applies in the last 16, so the prospect of Liverpool and Manchester United meeting in the Champions League for the first time could only take place in the quarter-finals onwards.

"We came without the happiness we should bring with us, because when you come for these big matches you come happy, you come proud".

But while Jose Mourinho could only guide United to sixth, triumph in the Europa League means they qualify directly for the Champions League proper.

For Mourinho and many other managers, the value of the Europa League has increased massively following UEFA's decision to award a Champions League qualifying place to the victor. European trophy, you don't win it every day, but I want to dedicate the trophy to the victims. "We were much stronger than them", he said.

The win preserved Mourinho's ideal record in major European finals, adding to his 2003 UEFA Cup victory with FC Porto, and his Champions League triumphs with the same club in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

A Manchester United season filled for long spells with frustration and recrimination has ended with three trophies being added to the already-bursting Old Trafford cabinet.

"We are very disappointed".

"I thought the game was boring".

Juventus were the first team to record the unusual treble. We weren't good enough.

"It is the end of a very hard season".

"I think there's a big difference in how the teams play - it's not about strength but how you use your bodies".

Mourinho, meanwhile, made no apologies for his tactics, remarking: 'There are lots of poets in football but poets don't win many titles'.

Premier League sides, more than anyone else, used to treat it with contempt by fielding reserve teams for matches.

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