Mourinho defiant after Ajax criticise Manchester United style

Europa League final

Mourinho defiant after Ajax criticise Manchester United style

Poets don't win titles – Mourinho defiant after Ajax criticise Manchester United approach

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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.

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.

But with the Portuguese manager's mention of unsuccessful poets, hopefully United legend Eric Cantona wasn't listening.

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