What a breath-taking Europa League! Manchester United won the UEFA Cup! After the disastrous start who would’ve imagined! The last match got people sweating and on the verge of screaming! When Paul Pogba threw in his first goal on the opening at 18 minutes, fans knew that the reds were going to make history! That’s when they said, Pogba was worth every penny!
Nicknamed the Red Devils and now managed by Jose Mourinho, Manchester United has been going strong for the Europa Cup ever since their first match. Starting out in Group A for the 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League, they lost their very first match against Feyenoord with the score of 1-0. Other matches they played in Group A were against Fener Bache and Zorya where they won all.
Since 2009, the tournament has been known as the UEFA Europa League. The group stages that have been expanded to 48 sides play six matches in a home and away format. Almost like the UEFA Champions League. Manchester United was then qualified for Round Of 32, which is another section of the tournament. They played against St-Etienne and won both games! For Round of 16, they played against Rostov and drew for the away match and won at home.
After that came the Quarter Finals where Manchester United played away vs Anderlecht. The score was a 1-1 draw. For the away game, they came out winners with a score of 2-1! This led them to the Semi Finals against Celta Vigo, the team was victorious on their play away and came out with a score of 1-0 on the first leg. They qualified for the Finals when they drew on their second leg with a score of 1-1.
24th May, 2017 was the big day for United fans! The finals against Ajax Amsterdam. Here the dominant united team swept the cup off the grass and held it up with pride! Completing their UEFA club trophies, they achieved their goal of getting a wild entry into the UEFA Champions League. Where fans in the stadium burst out with emotion!
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