Manchester United will observe a minute’s silence and wear black armbands at the Europa League final after a shortened opening ceremony following the terrorist attack in Manchester.
Jose Mourinho‘s men face the Dutch giants Ajax just days after 22 innocent people were killed by a suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena. United are eyeing a first European title since they won the Champions League in 2008, and will wear black armbands during the final in tribute to the terror attack victims.
As a mark of respect, Uefa have confirmed that the celebrations in Stockholm that would have marked the competitions grand finale have been cut back.
Swedish pop act Axwell Ingrosso were due to perform at the game but the DJ set has now been axed to reflect the more sombre mood around the fixture.
Captain Wayne Rooney led a minute’s silence in memory of the victims in training before their flight to Sweden, while the club cancelled a pre-match press conference.
Armed Swedish police will protect the squad at the Friends Arena, while anti-terror cops have built an impenetrable ring of steel around the stadium.Photo credit:@thesun.co.uk