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Jose Mourinho says people of Manchester will 'pull together' after bomb attack Manchester United FC boss says everyone at the club's thoughts are with those affected.....As UEFA issue statement ahead of Europa League final Governing body says there is no reason to suggest final will be a target


Jose Mourinho says the “hearts and minds” of everyone at Manchester United are with those affected by the horrific attack that killed 22 people and injured many more.
An explosion rocked the city on Monday evening when a bomb was let off at the end of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.
In the wake of the incident, UEFA accepted United’s formal request to cancel their press conference ahead of the Europa League final, while the team held a minute’s silence at training before flying to Sweden.
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for a bombing that United manager Mourinho says dominates their thoughts ahead of facing Ajax in Stockholm.
“We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families,” the Portuguese said.
“We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job. It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.
“I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.”
Old Trafford is closed to the public and United said in a statement that “club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city”.
Those sentiments were echoed by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an email to staff confirming the cancellation of Wednesday’s Europa League party at the Victoria Warehouse.
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) gestures to Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba as he arrives on the pitch ahead of the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on September 29, 2016. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
“I am sure you will all have heard of the tragic and horrifying events in Manchester (on Monday) night,” Woodward said. “Our thoughts go out to the victims and families affected.
“These senseless acts are designed to shake the confidence of people and to turn communities on each other.
“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 difficult time.
“Manchester is a resilient city and I am sure that its people will defy the wishes of those who have perpetrated this awful crime and demonstrate what a magnificent place this is.
“The club provides counselling and support services in times of crisis; please do not be afraid to ask if you have been affected.
“As a sign of respect for the victims and their families, we have decided that we should cancel the event planned for (Wednesday) evening. We are sure that in the circumstances you will all understand and support this decision.”
Old Trafford is closed to the public and United said in a statement that “club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city”.
Those sentiments were echoed by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an email to staff confirming the cancellation of Wednesday’s Europa League party at the Victoria Warehouse.
“I am sure you will all have heard of the tragic and horrifying events in Manchester (on Monday) night,” Woodward said. “Our thoughts go out to the victims and families affected.
“These senseless acts are designed to shake the confidence of people and to turn communities on each other.
“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 difficult time.
“Manchester is a resilient city and I am sure that its people will defy the wishes of those who have perpetrated this awful crime and demonstrate what a magnificent place this is.
“The club provides counselling and support services in times of crisis; please do not be afraid to ask if you have been affected.
“As a sign of respect for the victims and their families, we have decided that we should cancel the event planned for (Wednesday) evening. We are sure that in the circumstances you will all understand and support this decision.”

UEFA issue statement ahead of Europa League final

Governing body says there is no reason to suggest final will be a target
UEFA have confirmed there is “no specific intelligence” to suggest Wednesday night’s Europa League final will be a target for a terror attack.
The governing body released a statement following Monday’s attack at the Manchester Arena in which a suicide bomber killed 22 people when detonating a device in the foyer of the venue following US singer Ariana Grande’s concert.
The UEFA statement said: “UEFA is shocked by last night’s attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected.
“There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.
“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project. Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.
“Due to the tight security arrangements, UEFA urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”
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