At­tack vic­tims in Man United’s ‘minds and hearts’

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MANCH­ESTER: Jose Mour­inho says the vic­tims of a deadly bomb at­tack in Manch­ester are in the “minds and hearts” of his squad as Manch­ester United pre­pared for Wed­nes­day’s Europa League fi­nal against Ajax in Stock­holm, Swe­den.

Bri­tain’s dead­li­est at­tack for 12 years saw 22 peo­ple killed, in­clud­ing chil­dren, and 59 in­jured when a bomb went off at a con­cert by United States singer Ari­ana Grande at the Manch­ester Arena on Mon­day.

“We’re sad about the tragic events last night; we can’t take out of our minds and hearts the vic­tims & their fam­i­lies,” said Mour­inho in com­ments posted on United’s Twit­ter feed yes­ter­day.

“We have a job to do and will fly to Swe­den to do that job. It’s a pity we can’t fly with the hap­pi­ness we al­ways have be­fore a big game.”

Mour­inho, who only joined United last year, added: “I know, even dur­ing my short time here, that the peo­ple of Manch­ester will pull to­gether as one.”

The Twit­ter com­ments were set to be his only pub­lic state­ment of the day af­ter United had ear­lier an­nounced they were can­celling yes­ter­day’s sched­uled pre-match press con­fer­ence in Stock­holm.

“Due to the tragic events in Manch­ester last night and the ef­fect that this has had on ev­ery­one here at our club and within our city, we have de­cided to can­cel this pre-match press con­fer­ence in Stock­holm,” United said.

“We are sure that, in the cir­cum­stances, you will all un­der­stand our po­si­tion on this mat­ter.

“Our thoughts are with the vic­tims at this ter­ri­bly dif­fi­cult time.” AFP

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The Union Jack fly­ing at half-mast above Par­lia­ment in Lon­don, the United King­dom, yes­ter­day as a mark of re­spect to those killed and in­jured at the Manch­ester Arena ter­ror at­tack.

Jose Mour­inho

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