Real Madrid have just claimed their third UEFA Champions League title in four years and, with it, have left a loud lesson for Manchester United: Invest, work hard, and wait.
In 2011, when Barcelona won their second European Cup in three seasons, it would have seemed unthinkable that Real Madrid would be the dominant team on the continent just six years later. Yet here they are, largely due to the fact that they spent money in the right areas, and Barcelona did not.
Manchester United's team bus began to edge away from Stockholm's Friends Arena at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday morning, the sound of the engine mixed with banging on the windows and the muted cheers of footballers singing in celebration of their Europa League final victory.
A steward told a bystander that under no circumstances should a photograph be taken of the vehicle, which had been camouflaged in red, white and black and featured the Manchester United badge with "Going Holm" written on the front,...
Eight Manchester United players were named in the Europa League squad of the season, selected by UEFA's technical observers.
United, who won the competition with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, had by far the most players in the 18-man selection, with Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all included.
Runners-up Ajax and semifinalists Celta Vigo and Lyon each contributed three players, while...