Having expressed his sincere condolences for those affected by the tragedy in Manchester, Jose Mourinho talked on Tuesday about the job his players have to do in the UEFA Europa League final.
The Reds arrived in Stockholm in mid-afternoon and continued preparations for the final with a visit to the Friends Arena, the venue for Wednesday’s match with AFC Ajax.
Mourinho and his playing squad took part in a walk around the ground, joined by the suspended Eric Bailly and the injured Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. United’s usual pre-match press conference did not take place after the club took the decision to cancel it under the circumstances.
Earlier, the Reds’ manager, coaches and players had paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack with a minute’s silence at the Aon Training Complex. Ajax’s evening training session at the Friends Arena was also preceded by their players and staff bowing their heads quietly as a mark of respect.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, spoke to MUTV and revealed there will be another minute’s silence before the match on Wednesday night, and confirmed the players will wear black armbands.
Meanwhile, back at Old Trafford, the club confirmed that the Megastore, Museum, Red Cafe and Stadium Tour would remain closed for a second day, on Wednesday, the day of the final.
While the people of Manchester remain very much in the minds of Jose and his players, attentions will turn to the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday and the conclusion of the team’s 2016/17 campaign.
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