There was an awful lot riding on Wednesday night’s Europa League final against Ajax for both Manchester United and their manager, Jose Mourinho.
After finishing the Premier League season down in sixth place, it was a case or all-or-nothing for the Red Devils.
But they passed their final test of the 2016-17 campaign with flying colours, recording a convincing 2-0 victory at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
United dominated the match from the outset and took the lead in the 18th minute thanks to a deflected Paul Pogba strike.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan then made it 2-0 to the English club shortly after half-time. Game over. Job done.
The victory ensures that United will be playing Champions League football next season, despite their final league position, following a one-season absence from Europe’s premier club competition.
This in turn will enhance their chances of signing their top transfer targets, including Antoine Griezmann.
James Ducker reported shortly after the match that Griezmann wants his future resolved in the next two to three weeks, before he goes on honeymoon, and the Telegraph journalist believes the French forward *will* now join the Red Devils.
Expect Antoine Griezmann will now join United. He wants it resolved in next 2-3 weeks before he goes on honeymoon #mufc