By the numbers: Mourinho, United continue to rack up accolades
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Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho set several benchmarks with their 2-0 triumph in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax. Here, we run down the numbers behind the Premier League side’s victory.
1 – Jose Mourinho is the first manager to win both the Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League twice.
Mourinho’s Europa League gong gets added to a cabinet that includes a Champions League and UEFA Cup triumph with Porto, along with the Champions League title he won during Inter’s historic 2009-10 season.
5 – Manchester United becomes the fifth club to complete its European trophy cabinet (Champions League/European Cup, UEFA Cup/Europa League, and Cup Winners’ Cup).
The Red Devils join Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea as the only other sides to accomplish the feat.
12 – Mourinho has now won 12 of the 14 major club finals he’s managed.
The polarising Portuguese deals with a hefty amount of criticism – much of it of his own making – but it’s impossible to deny how impressive his record is when it comes to getting the job done on the big stage.
45 – Manchester United has now won more major trophies than any other English club.
The Red Devils tied Liverpool’s record (44) when they won the League Cup earlier this season, and surpassed it with Wednesday’s triumph.