"Sometimes I felt that my team was the worst during this season, that I was the worst manager in the world, but we managed to win three trophies".
Spurs are in no position to scorn silverware but while Jose Mourinho targeted the low-hanging fruit of the League Cup and Europa League, those competitions ranked fourth and third, respectively, in Pochettino's priorities.
Twenty-two people were killed, many of them children, and 64 wounded in the attack on Monday night at Manchester Arena, where United States star Ariana Grande had just held a concert. It has not been the prettiest football played by José Mourinho's team, but, in the end, the Red Devils triumphed in the Europa League with the utmost amount of pressure on their shoulders.
United are in the business of winning trophies, and they have won two this season - three if, like Mourinho, you count the Community Shield.
The manager told us the only thing we could do was to win this for them.
The England worldwide made a cameo appearance in United's Europa League final triumph on Wednesday in what could be his last appearance for the club.
Ajax were appearing in their first continental showpiece match since the 1996 Champions League decider and fielded a team with an average age of 22 years and 282 days - the youngest to have ever started a major European final. It's all new for them. "Seems like just yesterday we took this picture and now I get to fulfil my goals just like you", replied the Armenia captain.
"If we could, we would obviously change the people's lives for this cup, immediately", Mourinho said.
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"We had to come here we had to play a very important game for us and I think we did the best we could".
The trophy is not the only lift the club gave the city as United and Manchester City pledged £1 million ($1.3m, 1.2m euros) on Thursday to an emergency fund set up for the victims and their families.
"It's the end of a very hard season but I think a very good season", Mourinho added. United was the clear victor, the players imposing themselves as much through their physicality as their superior game management.