UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Europa League, previously called the UEFA Cup, is an annual association football club competition organized by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. Previously called the UEFA Cup, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League since the 2009–10 season, following a change in format. For UEFA footballing records purposes, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered the same competition, with the change of name being simply a rebranding.

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League

There was a moment at the final whistle when José Mourinho went looking for someone. This match had come to mean so much to Manchester United that three of his injured players – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly – had just attempted to sprint to the centre-circle on crutches. Then Mourinho saw his son, the modestly named José Jr, and suddenly man and boy were rolling around the pitch.

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

There was a moment at the final whistle when José Mourinho went looking for someone. This match had come to mean so much to Manchester United that three of his injured players – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly – had just attempted to sprint to the centre-circle on crutches. Then Mourinho saw his son, the modestly named José Jr, and suddenly man and boy were rolling around the pitch.

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Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

There was a moment at the final whistle when José Mourinho went looking for someone. This match had come to mean so much to Manchester United that three of his injured players – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly – had just attempted to sprint to the centre-circle on crutches. Then Mourinho saw his son, the modestly named José Jr, and suddenly man and boy were rolling around the pitch.