Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jose Mourinho : We will play with Manchester victims in our

Jose Mourinho : We will play with Manchester victims in our

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The "glow" has been taken off the Europa League final because of the deadly bomb attack in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, Ajax coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

"We can not take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families", said Mourinho, the United manager who lives in a hotel near the concert venue.

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The head of security at the Swedish Football Association, that co-organises Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final, Martin Fredman, said security was already on high alert after Sweden suffered an attack in April when a truck drove into a crowd killing five people.

"What happened in Manchester is something that we all feel at Ajax", Bosz said.

Players from both teams held a minute's silence before training sessions as they ramped up preparations for the showpiece event in Stockholm.

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United cancelled their eve-of-match press conference at the Friends Arena, but Mourinho and his players solemnly went ahead with a scheduled walk around the pitch before returning to the team hotel.

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

UEFA said in a statement that they were working with all of the relevant authorities, but that "there is now no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks". "Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected".

Ajax will compete without defender Nick Viergever, who was sent off by red card in the semifinal, while Manchester United will go without Eric Bailly, who also is suspended due to red card.

David Beckham, arguably the team's most famous alum, released his own statement, saying, "Heartbreaking news from Manchester".

While United said the stadium would be closed to the public today, Manchester City clarified in a statement that Etihad Stadium is being used as a support center after the attack.

Manchester United head into their Europa League final showdown clash with Ajax as the firm favourites to win in 90 minutes and win the trophy - a result which would secure their place in next season's Champions League.

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