United's Europa league win gave Manchester a lift, says Ferguson

Posted May 26, 2017

Now, with United again looking to spend big this summer - potentially on Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann - Rooney could be expendable, with the attacker facing a decision over his future.

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.

Wednesday evening's Europa League triumph against Ajax, inspired by goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, guaranteed United's return to the Champions League.

Still, he kep in with events at Carrington and Old Trafford and was said to be in close contact with numerous United squad during the run-in.

"As [Jose Mourinho] said before, he wants me to stay, but I just have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that's what I'll do".

Jose Mourinho's United proved too much for a young Ajax team that couldn't break down Manchester's defense.

"Obviously, we were really, really sad about what happened". I'm happy that I scored here today in the final because everyone was saying, "You're going to score in the final" and after the last game against Celta Vigo I was dreaming about scoring in the final and I did.

"We did this very, very well since the first minute and we totally deserved the trophy".

"Honestly, I've said before, I don't know", Rooney told British media.

The win in Stockholm also took Mourinho's trophy count with United to three, adding to the Community Shield and League Cup wins, and salvaged a poor domestic season by giving United a passport back into the Champions League.

"We just had to put a message out to say the supporters may be here, looking like they're enjoying themselves at a football match but the thoughts of everyone are back in Manchester".

Herrera's compatriot Mata said Monday's shocking events in Manchester gave the win in Stockholm extra significance.

"It has been a really hard week in the city of Manchester and we are happy to win for all the people that have suffered". Obviously I'm happy to be part of that and in some way help the club win trophies and that's the way it's been over the last 18 months. "We got up there and we are very proud now".

Next season United's fans will sing the Herman's Hermits song that they have turned into an ode to Mourinho with even greater conviction.

"We played for the people who died", Pogba told BT Sport.