Juan Mata dedicates Europa League win to the people of Manchester
Mixed zone interview with Manchester United's Juan Mata afetr they won the Europa League final in Stockholm, beating Ajax of Holland 2-0.
Manchester United's Juan Mata is determined to build on the most special trophy of his career, with the terror attack on the city he represents having made Europa League glory all the more important.
Less than 48 hours before kick-off against Ajax in Sweden, an explosion at the end of Ariana Grande's concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured many more.
The after effects will be felt for a long time to come but United won on Wednesday, winning the Europa League as goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 2-0 victory.
Mata, like his team-mates, dedicated the triumph to the city he calls home, saying Europa League success meant more than winning the World Cup, European Championship or Champions League given the circumstances.
This was, I would say, more special than any other trophy because of that, said Mata. We felt the suffering and the sadness of the city of Manchester and we tried to give this trophy for them. That's how we felt before the game, that's how we feel now.