Phil Jones hoping to play for Manchester United in Europa League final

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured in a suicide bomb attack that targeted a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena on Monday.

The famous Manchester United is in preparations for a Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm on Thursday morning (AEST), but ground training to a halt and cancelled all media as the city began to recover from the attack.

"We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we can not take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families", he said.

Ahead of the clash, Lingard said: 'We've come a long way and we've been all around the world playing different teams.

Manchester United have reached the final of the Europa League/UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

Another former player, Rio Ferdinand, said all of Manchester would join together to support United.

Coach Jose Mourinho would like to add to a piece of silverware to the United trophy cabinet after the Red Devils ended their league campaign at the sixth place, missing out on an automatic Champions League spot.

"It would be wonderful for us to take the trophy back to Manchester, it really would".

Ajax are more than ready to upset the applecart and deny Manchester United the chance to win their first Europa League title.

Ajax and Manchester United have met four times in European competition, with each side winning at home. But if there is one thing we have learned from the lovely game over the years, it is the fact that it is not predictable.

European governing body UEFA said it had "no specific intelligence" suggesting the Europa League final would be targeted by attacks.

The historic significance of the date will not be lost on Ajax as the final will be played 22 years to the day after their storied 1-0 victory over Milan in the 1995 Champions League final.

A statement from European football's governing body in the wake of the Manchester attacks read: "There is now no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks".

  • Julie Sanders