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Mourinho: Lots of poets in football, but poets don't win titles

Goal.com logo Goal.com 24-05-2017

Jose Mourinho has delivered a thinly veiled dig at his critics following Manchester United's Europa League triumph, suggesting that football's 'poets' don't win titles.

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Goals in either half from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were enough to see the Red Devils to a historic victory over a youthful Ajax side in Stockholm as Mourinho clinched the trophy for the first time in the Old Trafford club's history.

Man Utd's Europa League celebrations

The Portuguese has endured plenty of criticism this season, with United finishing sixth in the Premier League and appearing unconvincing en route to the final.

However, after concluding his maiden campaign with three trophies and securing Champions League football for next season, the former Real Madrid boss was happy to take aim at his detractors.

“If you want to press the ball all the time, you don’t play short," Mourinho explained to BT Sport after the game. “If you are dominant in the air, you build long.

"There are lots of poets in football, but poets, they don’t win many titles.

“We knew where they were better than us. We knew where we were better than them. We tried to kill their good qualities, we tried to explore their weaknesses.

“We did that very, very well from the first minute and we totally deserved the trophy.”

The Europa League joins the Community Shield and EFL Cup in Mourinho's trophy cabinet after his first season at Old Trafford and he will look to build on that success in the Champions League next season.

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