- Title: Mourinho says attack ripped some joy out of Europa League win
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING: "It's really hard, that's why yesterday we didnâ€™t' want to have the press conference because we have to prepare ourselves to do our jobs and to try and forget the events that are obviously much more important than our job. But the world goes on, it doesn't stop. We have to do our work and I agree with the UEFA decision to play the match but if we have questions like your question that made us return to this tragedy, obviously it takes happiness from our achievement. If we could change obviously the people's lives for this cup, immediately (we would accept) we wouldn't think twice."
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 23:20
- Keywords: Jose Mourinho Henrikh Mkhitaryan Paul Pogba Ajax Manchester United Europa League
- Location: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- City: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I79YYN
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday (May 24) that the suicide bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night that left 22 people dead has taken much of the joy out of their Europa League triumph against Ajax.
He said he agreed with UEFA's decision to go ahead with the game as "the world goes on, it doesn't stop".
Mourinho said the team tried their best to offer the people of the city something to be happy about. The Portuguese manager said the team wouldn't think twice to lose the Europa League if they were able to exchange that to bring back the lives which were lost at the Ariana Grande concert.
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