Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

United Europa League final win against Ajax would 'pull Manchester together'

United Europa League final win against Ajax would 'pull Manchester together'

"Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night and the effect that this has had on everyone here at our club and within our city, we have chose to cancel this evening's pre-match press conference in Stockholm", United said in a statement.

Mourinho said the victims and their families were in "our minds and our hearts" and that "we can not fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game".

And while United will take to the pitch hoping to do their city proud, Neville reckons the occasion will be tough for three players in particular.

Manchester United play Ajax in the final of the UEFA Europa League 2016/17.

"Words don't really do justice for how we all feel", he said. It is one loss which Manchester United, sixth in the Premier League table, can not afford.

Numerous squad took to social media to express their sympathy and solidarity after the attack.

"It's a final everything can happen, we think we have a chance".

"The feeling that prevails is the final does not have the glow it should have".

It's fair to say this is the biggest match United have faced in years, as victory will earn them a spot in the Champions League next season and secure a successful first season at Old Trafford for Jose Mourinho.

"It is a match that Manchester wants to win, that we want to win and that we are going to try to win".

"All this together means that the threat surrounding the event, when it comes to public order, is quite big and for that reason, we've taken several measures to determine who will be allowed near the arena tomorrow". He added that "a shadow is hanging over this match", but he refused to say whether the Europa League final should be moved to a later date.

The squad - along with the suspended Eric Bailly - congregated in the centre circle, while injured Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young stayed on the sidelines as they were on crutches.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward meanwhile told the club's TV station that the club has been left "numb" by the attack.

He said, "Of course we were already on a high alert security-wise from the beginning, both staff-wise and also how we are planning on sealing these areas to areas to handle it".

UEFA announced that the game would be preceded by a minute's silence for the victims and that the planned opening ceremony would be scaled back.

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