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Thursday, 25 May 2017

7 remarkable records Manchester United broke by winning the Europa League


There are many reasons Manchester United fans were happy to see their team lift the Europa League trophy.

Most of them are pretty obvious. Watching your side win a major trophy is always likely to raise a smile (if it doesn't, you may need to reassess your allegiance). Securing Champions League football for next season was also a big positive for the Red Devils.

However, the 2-0 victory against Ajax and the hoisting of the silverware was significant for more than the simple act of winning a big game and qualifying for next season's top table.
The glory in Stockholm saw United break a whole host of records…

 United became only the fifth team to complete the full set of European trophies
The Red Devils have now won all three of the continent's major trophies - the European Cup/Champions League, the UEFA Cup/Europa League and the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup.

Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus are the only sides with the full set of UEFA honours.


Man United and Liverpool have won considerably more trophies than any other English club.
Ahead of the Europa League final, they were tied at the top of the list on 44 - meaning the Red Devils' 45th puts them clear of their perennial rivals in first place.

 United became the first non-Spanish side to win a major European trophy for 1,460 days 

If you consider the Champions League and Europa League the two major competitions, United became the first team from outside Spain to lift one of the big trophies since 25 May 2013, when Bayern Munich bear Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

In every year since then, a Spanish side has won both competitions.
Yikes.

 Jose Mourinho became the first manager to win both the European Cup/Champions League and the UEFA Cup/Europa League more than once

He had already won the Champions League with both Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010).

Now, having added this season's Europa League to the UEFA Cup he won with Porto in 2003, he's the first manager to win the big two twice.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his first major European trophy

If you don't count the 2009 Super Cup he won with Barcelona… which, as the European equivalent of the Community Shield, we don't.

Wayne Rooney became one of the few players to win EVERYTHING at club level 

Five Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, three League Cups, four Community Shields, one Champions League, one Club World Cup and now one Europa League.

Rooney has quite literally won EVERYTHING he could have won with United.

Antonio Valencia became the first Ecuadorian to win a UEFA tournament

Hence the Ecuadorian flag taking pride of place in his picture with the trophy…

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