Manchester United players pay tribute to Manchester Arena attack victims with minute's silence
Manchester United's players have paid tribute to the victims of last night's Manchester Arena attack ahead of training for tomorrow night's Europa League final with a minute's silence.
Players and staff had their cars searched before training amid heightened security following the bomb blast, which has left 22 people - including children - dead.
The squad are preparing for tomorrow night's Europa League final, which will go ahead as planned. They will travel to Stockholm later today, but the pre-match press conference with manager Jose Mourinho will not go ahead after Uefa accepted a club request to call it off.
In a statement released this morning, the club said: "Everyone at Manchester United is deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, including our supporters, club staff and members of our community such as the children from our Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert at the Arena.
"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.
"Old Trafford's Megastore, Museum, Red Cafe and Stadium Tour are all closed to the public today."
Manchester City's Ethiad Stadium has been used as a help centre since last night's terrible events, while the city has come together to help support victims and their families.
We are deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by last nights attack on this beautiful city. We will stand together in this dark hour— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 23, 2017
So sad to hear of the tragic news from Manchester especially when it involves so many children.......— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 23, 2017
Thoughts are with everyone affected
Devastating news this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 23, 2017
Meanwhile, England's U20 international team wore black armbands in their world cup match against Guinea earlier today in tribute to the victims.
There have also been widespread messages of support from the footballing world, with Utd player Jesse Lingard tweeting: "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by last nights attack on this beautiful city. We will stand together in this dark hour."