Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Manchester Attack Man Utd chief Woodward says team 'numb' after terror attack

Manchester United's preparations for Wednesday's Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Ajax head coach Peter Bosz was scheduled to hold a pre-match conference at the Friends Arena later on Tuesday.

And City tweeted: "It's with great sadness we hear of the awful events at the Arena".

'We can not take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.

The tragic events were clearly on supporters' minds too as they started to arrive in Stockholm. "It doesn't matter whether the victims are from Manchester or not".

'Players like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard - they've been brought up in this city.

"It would be very fitting".

When asked if the recent events will have any impact on the club's preparations for the upcoming Europa League final, Woodward reminded that everyone's thoughts should be with victims and their families at the moment.

A tribute is also expected ahead of the Europa League final at the Friends Arena, Sweden's national football stadium.

The city rallied online, with Mancunians taking to Twitter to offer places to stay for those marooned in the city, using the hashtag #roomformanchester.

The 29-year-old is a Manchester United season ticket holder and has travelled to Sweden with his brother, John.

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It comes just over a month after the team bus of German side Borussia Dortmund was targeted by three roadside bomb blasts prior to a Champions League home game with Monaco.

"It has been a really hard week in the city of Manchester and we are happy to win for all the people that have suffered".

Stockholm, full of small and bustling streets, knows only too well about coming under attack.

"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", a statement read.

"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", the statement from European soccer's governing body read.

UEFA urged fans to arrive at the stadium "as early as possible" on Wednesday as "detailed (security) checks will be made at the entrances".

"Football comes second when it's something like this", says Steve Boyd.

"We went out focused to win and we won for Manchester and the country".

"But I don't want to be at this game now, I want to be in Manchester".

"I hope the team can do the victims justice and bring the city together".

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