Man Utd cancel Europa League final news conference after concert attack

The Europa League final will be contested between Manchester United and Ajax at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The squad are preparing for tomorrow night's Europa League final, which will go ahead as planned.

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured, including children, in an explosion at the end of a concert at Manchester Arena at around 22:33 local time, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed.

A United statement said: "We are deeply shocked by last night's awful events at the Manchester Arena".

Peter Bosz's men take on United in Stockholm on Wednesday night, with the prize not only the Europa League trophy, but of course a passage into the Champions League next season.

"Members of our family of fans and our home community have been affected and we will be reaching out to provide the support of the club in what must be an unimaginably hard time", Woodward wrote.

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     FIGHT BACK A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack
TWITTER FIGHT BACK A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack

United's players earlier held a minute's silence in memory of the victims, while the club's Old Trafford stadium has been placed in lockdown after the atrocity. "Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April", it said.

"UEFA is in shock after last night's assault from Manchester".

"Considering all the security procedures, UEFA urges fans to head towards the stadium as soon as possible because the authorities will conduct in-depth checks at the entries and the stadium access will be delayed stadium", added a UEFA official.

"It shocks me that so many innocent people lost their lives and I would like to send my condolences to the families of those affected".

Meanwhile, a help centre was opened at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium for those affected while the club flag was flown at half mast.

  • Julie Sanders