Jose Mourinho has made history by becoming the first manager to win both the Champions League and the Europa League more than once.
Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night and earned more silverware for the club following victories in the EFL Cup and the Community Shield.
Mourinho’s first season in charge yielded only a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but Wednesday night’s win secures a place in next season’s Champions League – and Mourinho insists the season must now be seen as a success. Read more... (339 words, 1 image, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
In a trying week for the city of Manchester, it was Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who gave United fans something to smile about.
The 2-0 win over Ajax came less than 48 hours after the terrorist attack which claimed 22 lives at the Manchester Arena, but United’s players deserve all the plaudits that come their way for their response in the face of adversity.
Paul Pogba, himself coming to terms with the recent death of his father, was wonderful all night and scored United’s crucial first goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second soon after half-time allowed the hordes from the north-west of England to celebrate both their team and their city without the nervous tension which has engulfed many of their fixtures this season. Read more... (320 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Liverpool booked their place in next season’s Champions League following their emphatic final day win over Middlesbrough and will be seeded for the qualifying round of the competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will return to European football’s elite competition next season, but could well face a difficult start to life back at the top with the liklihood of a tough draw on the horizon.
The Reds will join Sevilla, Napoli or Roma, Dynamo Kiev and Ajax as the seeded sides in the qualifying stage, though the latter two sides will only be seeded in the third qualifying round. Read more... (320 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
The first Manchester derby on foreign soil will be held in Houston this summer.
Manchester United and Manchester City will do battle at the NRG Stadium in Texas on July 20 as part of this year’s International Champions Cup. Buy Tickets
It will be the second attempt for the rivals to do battle on foreign soil after last summer’s friendly in Beijing, China was cancelled due to the quagmire pitch.
Ferran Soriano, chief executive of Manchester City, added:
‘The Manchester derby is one of the world’s most iconic games. Read more... (250 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho named the youngest Manchester United XI in Premier League history for the season finale clash with Crystal Palace.
The average age of Mourinho’s side came in at 22years and 284 days, a side younger than any of those named by historic boss Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League era.
And it was two graduates of the United academy who got the goals in the 2-0 win, with Josh Harrop’s dream debut goal and a Paul Pogba strike ending United’s Premier League campaign on a high. Read more... (342 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
Chelsea captain John Terry bid farewell to Stamford Bridge on his final appearance for the Blues and the 36-year-old has not been offered a new contract after 22-years with the club.
In an emotional post-match address, Terry bid farewell to the ground he has called home since 1995 and thanked the supporters, his team-mates, manager Antonio Conte and owner Roman Abramovich.
‘Today is one of the most difficult days of my life,’ an emotional Terry told the Stamford Bridge faithful. Read more... (350 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger has admitted that speculation over his future damaged his side’s push for the Champions League and claimed the ‘psychological environment’ for his players became ‘horrendous’.
Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe’s elite competition for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton 3-1, as Liverpool overcame Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield.
During a tense post-match press conference, Wenger conceded that uncertainty over his future has contributed to Arsenal’s fifth-place finish, with the manager still to announce whether he will remain at the club next season.
Asked whether he accepts responsibility, Wenger said: Read more... (380 words, 1 image, estimated 1:31 mins reading time)
Liverpool secured fourth place in the Premier League and qualification to the Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana meant that Jurgen Klopp, in his second season in charge, guided the Reds into the top four for just the second time in the last seven seasons.
The result saw Arsenal miss out on Champions League football for the first in 20 years by finishing fifth, while Manchester City will join Liverpool in playing Europe’s elite after they finished third. Read more... (408 words, 1 image, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday. With the win, Juventus made history by becoming the first club to win six successive Serie A titles.
Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free-kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end. Read more... (407 words, 1 image, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
It took Cristiano Ronaldo just one minute and 39 seconds to end any discussion on whether Real Madrid would be overcome by final day nerves and throw away their first La Liga title since 2012.
He scored inside two minutes as Zinedine Zidane’s team coasted to the trophy that has eluded them for the last five years. Ronaldo loves the last day of the season. He came into the game with a record of 11 goals in his last nine final matches of campaigns and it wasn’t long before he added to that record. Read more... (541 words, 1 image, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)