The fitter, smatter and experienced team won it. Played the referee to dance to their tunes. Had more grit and determination to get the ball. And of course, scintillating in front of goal. Spurned chances do not come back in the fag end of a tournament as Lukaku will rue the chance to settle the tie.
Nevertheless, it is still an amazing record for a spanish club that had much of its players in the mid 30s. United fans rejoice how Manchester United rejects could not win Europe, but should also feel ashamed they did not make this trophy theirs. I personally, as a United fan is terrible disappointed to have not won this trophy. Ole Gunnar has a lot to prove his mettle in the trophy winning – title deciding end of matches. From what I have seen of Ole over the year or two, he essentially does not alter plan A. And that usually is the difference between good and top managers.