Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Prize Guy Mourinho Is Missing a Souvenir

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Prize Guy Mourinho Is Missing a Souvenir

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THE Europa League trophy will still be missing from Jose Mourinho's souvenirs even if United beat Ajax in Stockholm.

The Reds boss has a collection of replicas of the prizes he has won.

But after his first European success with Porto in 2003, when his side beat Celtic in Seville to win the UEFA Cup, he wasn't able to have a keepsake.

"It's the only trophy I've won that I don't have a replica of, because my guys, they couldn't do a replica of such a difficult cup," Mourinho said.

"I have a replica of the Champions League, I have a replica of the Premier League , La Liga, all those things I was lucky enough to win.

"The Cup is too beautiful, too heavy and too difficult to do it, so I don't have a replica. But I have my medal, and more importantly than that, I have my memories."

The UEFA Cup silverware - a huge silver 'vase' - is now presented to the Europa League winners and Mourinho has fond memories of it. …

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