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A moment of normality as United show spirit of Manchester

Ajax 0 - Man United 2: IT was Jose Mourinho’s fourth European final victory in four attempts, a personal triumph for Paul Pogba and a victory that led Manchester United into the promised land of next season’s Champions League.

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GERRY COX: Jose Mourinho reconnects with the winning habit

It was not the Busby-inspired brilliance of Best and Charlton, nor a dramatic late victory in Fergie time, but Jose Mourinho’s side did what they needed to do in order to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time, qualify for the Champions League and, more importantly, give a much-needed morale boost to the devastated city of Manchester, writes Gerry Cox.

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LIAM MACKEY: Just like ‘69, men against boys

Ajax, creators of their own legend, were largely authors of their own downfall in Stockholm last night, writes Liam Mackey.

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Declan Rice is eager to impress Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane

Ireland newcomer Declan Rice says he is trying to impress Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane in Cork this week but there are no plans for the centre-back, eligible through his late grandparents from Douglas in Cork, to travel to America next week.

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No final farewell for Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists winning the FA Cup on Saturday would be a triumph for Arsenal’s late-season resurgence and not the perfect end to his time at the club.

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Lee Power hails Waterford progress

After watching his Swindon Town side plummet into English League Two earlier this month, owner Lee Power is hoping his Waterford FC side can bring him better news this weekend.

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Chelsea cancel planned title party following Manchester terror attack

Chelsea have cancelled Sunday’s planned title victory parade in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

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John Caulfield: ‘Mé féin’ attitude is hindering League of Ireland

Cork City manager John Caulfield believes Irish teams have the potential to make huge strides in the Europa League and Champions League but warned club managers must first lose their “mé féin” attitude for the good of the league.

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Manchester United hope ‘missing piece of silverware’ saves season

It is one of the great ironies of football, but also a tribute to the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, that the Europa League, a competition once much derided by Manchester United fans from their heady perch, today holds the future of their club so firmly in its grasp.

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Sam Allardyce leaves job as Crystal Palace manager

The 62-year-old, who only took charge at Selhurst Park on December 23, guided the Eagles to safety on May 14 following a 4-0 defeat of Hull, who were relegated as a result.

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Cork City keepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith step into Irish breach

Cork City goalkeepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith are literally lending a helping hand to the Irish cause.

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Ajax and the Irish connection

Ajax’s first professional coach was Wicklow native John Kirwan, who allegedly played a key role in choosing the club’s iconic white shirt with a red vertical strip.

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United’s bid to sign Brady comes out in the wash

There’s no other way to spin this: Manchester United offered to buy Liam Brady’s mother a washing machine if her son would sign for the club.

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Ajax learning from past legends

The Europa League is a Cinderella competition, usually neglected and often ignored, but tomorrow night in Stockholm, Cinderella might have a ball.

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Clarets raise the spirits for the Premier League’s Boys in Green

Burnley finished the season with four Irish starters: one of the few highlights for Irish players in the Premier League this season, says John Fallon 

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Rovers put an end to Galway’s unbeaten run

Goals in either half from Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele got Shamrock Rovers back to winning ways as Galway’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end at Tallaght.

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Cork City’s late show stuns Sligo

Cork City have extended their lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier League Division to 16 points following a 2-1 victory over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds last night.

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Burnley’s Browne gets call as O’Neill bolsters midfield cover

Former Cork City player Alan Browne has been added to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.

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