Victims of attack in United's 'hearts,' Jose Mourinho says
- Author: Julie Sanders May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:19
Greater Manchester Police has confirmed 22 people were killed and 59 injured in an attack that has shocked the world.
Mourinho's scheduled news conference later in the day at the Friends Arena in Stockholm was canceled at the club's request, European soccer's governing body said.
My thoughts & prayers are with all the families & friends affected by last nights attack in Manchester!
"We have a job to do & will fly to Sweden to do that job".
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. It is a pity we can not fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.
But the Portuguese did release a statement as United head out to Stockholm.
"I am sure you will all have heard of the tragic and horrifying events in Manchester (on Monday) night".
Numerous squad took to social media to express their sympathy and solidarity after the attack.
UEFA have two major finals in the next 11 days, with Wednesday's clash followed by the highlight of the European season on Saturday week - the Champions League final in Cardiff. Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected.
UEFA said a number of additional security measures were implemented following the terrorist attack in Stockholm last April. City captain Vincent Kompany tweeted, "I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims".
Mourinho wasted no time spending around £150m on new transfers after the Manchester United boss brought in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.
"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.