Manchester United’s Europa League title wasn’t a first for the club. It also put the Red Devils in select company among Europe's elite.
Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored as Manchester United defeated Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm to take home the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League crown, along with earning a spot in the 2017-18 Champions League.
The trophy is not only the Red Devils’ first in the Europa League, but also made them the fifth team to take home titles in all three of Europe’s top club competitions, the Champions League, Europa League and the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup.
5 - Manchester United are the fifth team to win all three major European trophies (UEFA Cup/EL, CL/European Cup & CWC). Champions. pic.twitter.com/YnERYHX4Xu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 24, 2017
Manchester United won the latter competition, which ceased to exist after 1999, in 1991. The Red Devils won their first European Cup, which later became the Champions League, in the 1967-68 season.
United join the club they defeated in this year’s final, Ajax, along with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Chelsea as the only five clubs to win all three competitions. Chelsea was the last team prior to United to complete the historical treble when they won the Europa League in 2012-13.