Mourinho defiant after Ajax criticise Manchester United style
There was criticism of Manchester United's direct style in their Europa League win over Ajax but manager Jose Mourinho was not concerned.
Jose Mourinho responded to criticism of Manchester United's style of play in the Europa League final by stressing "poets don't win many titles".
Europa League win for United
United beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm on Wednesday to claim the trophy and a priceless place in the group stages of the Champions League for next season.
Ajax captain Davy Klaassen accused United of "waiting to play long balls" during a match in which they comfortably kept the Dutch side's attack at bay while scoring goals through Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
"There are lot of poets in football but they don't win titles."— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) May 24, 2017
José Mourinho on top form pic.twitter.com/pLyUVAieqN
Previous Mourinho critics, Celta Vigo
It is not the first time Mourinho's side have been criticised in this season's tournament, with Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas claiming his side were "infinitely superior" as they narrowly lost their semi-final tie 2-1 on aggregate.
15 - Marouane Fellaini has won 15 aerial duels vs Ajax, a new record high in one match in Europa League history (2009-now). Tower. pic.twitter.com/sQYPyOyBI9— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) May 24, 2017
But with the Portuguese manager's mention of unsuccessful poets, hopefully United legend Eric Cantona wasn't listening.
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