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.

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One Love 9 months ago

its terrible how the whole world is now one giant threat just because of some stupid people.

man. man 9 months ago

Mata is a great man. Excellent player.

Welsh 9 months ago

he never ceases to amaze me... such a good sport! GO UNITED!

Sivuca Alfons 9 months ago

thats whats the sport is all about - good vibes, good people, the game... not that who trashtalked about who and who is getting more money...

Mata is god 9 months ago

he could easily dedicate such a big victory to his mother or some other relative or friend, but no, mata has dedicated this win to his people - the mancurians!

NotAFan 9 months ago

i am not united fan, but i always love to see players do things like this. it is beautiful to see people caring about each other, rather than fighting and killing

Man United 9 months ago

those terrorists bastards better watch out next time because well be ready for them!!!

Amricana Leaf 9 months ago

i think that this is becoming a sort of a marketing thing. .. you must say things like these to be a GOOD MAN... who cares... you play footbal, then play footbal..

Robbie 9 months ago

footbal IS about all those things.. its much more than a sport.. its a way of life...

Bravados 9 months ago

Marketing done right or not, I am always pleased to find out about the reactions such as this. Bravo, Mata. Bravo.