The recent bombing in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert sent a shockwave felt round the world. There was an outpouring of compassion for the victims and their families and a torrent of anger at the bomber and the ideology he represents. Two days after the bombing, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United squad lifted the Europa League trophy, bringing a modicum of joy to a city still reeling. But it was the fans who sent the loudest message:
Good to see that these lads could induce some levity to an otherwise terrible situation. The day that smiles and laughter are replaced with fear is the day that They-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named wins.
Man United’s win, however, punched the Red Devils’ ticket to the Champions League next season, meaning that for all the injuries, ups, and downs that the team went through, they delivered when it really mattered. Check out full match highlights below:
Despite Mourinho’s relative shortcomings this season, his team will be playing top flight European football next year, and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters. In sports, it’s not always the journey that’s remembered. Sometimes it’s just where you end up that counts.