Zlatan Ibrahimovic renamed the Friends Arena before ditching his crutches to celebrate


The 35-year-old striker was driven through the Friends Arena stadium on a buggy with his injured knee outstretched ahead of United's 2-0 Europa League final win over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night, but cast his crutches aside to join his team's celebrations after the final whistle.

"When you win, you are always good, you don't feel even more pain", Ibrahimovic added.

"I'm so pleased he finally gets in his wonderful career a European trophy".

Despite the positive impact Ibrahimovic has had during his time at Manchester United he will nearly certainly not be at Old Trafford next season due to the severity of the injury he suffered in his side's Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht. We are a team who is together.

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And Mourinho admitted that he felt sorry for Ibrahimovic after he was forced to watch the final from the sidelines. I regret not being able to play this game.

"I think for him, this night would be an wonderful night if he was on the pitch".

'I think it's so unfair what happened to him, ' said Mourinho.

"Sometimes football is unfair, sometimes life is unfair, I think it's so unfair".

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Before the Ajax game, news broke that Zlatan intends to stay in Sweden after the Europa League final to continue his rehabilitation.

"But he played. He played outside with crutches with the other guys, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, they were playing behind the bench shouting, they were doing everything".

Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrik Mkhitaryan in each half gave the Red Devils their first Europa League crown and the first European trophy since 2008.

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