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Victims of attack in United's 'hearts,' Jose Mourinho says

24 May 2017

The final will be United's 64th game of the season after competing across four competitions and winning the League Cup but Mata is confident that fatigue will not play a role in Stockholm on Wednesday.

A help centre was opened at City's Etihad Stadium, which is close to the Manchester Arena, for those affected by the blast.

"We are all very sad about the tragic events", said manager Jose Mourinho. To find out, watch the Ajax vs. Manchester United UEFA Europa League Final showdown from 50,600-seat Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, with streaming video offered by Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet, computers, and smartphones.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured dozens at a concert by USA pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.

A moment of silence to honor the 22 slain and 59 wounded victims of the suicide bombing attack will precede the game, as Manchester hold vigils in the streets to honor the fallen. "These senseless acts are created to shake the confidence of people and to turn communities on each other", he said in an email to the club's staff.

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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.

A trio of Tottenham Hotspur players have sent a message to Ajax wishing them success in this evening's Europa League final.

"The terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project", UEFA said, noting it has worked with Swedish authorities "for many months" to plan for the game.

UEFA confirmed early Tuesday that the final would go ahead as planned and Bosz said that the decision was out of his control, even if there is a "shadow hanging over this match". "Our thoughts are with the victims and the loved ones of those affected".

That sentiment was endorsed by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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"We don't think about it", Ferdi said. "Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected". We have developed a way of playing that I call the Ajax way.

Former United midfielder David Beckham wrote on Facebook: "As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me".

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. "My condolences and support to the victims' family members involved in the atrocious attack to the heart of the city".

"With your team you discuss all scenarios, it depends how strong we are, we'll be strong enough to play this way". Like their neighbours Manchester City, the club has issued a statement expressing shock, sorrow and sympathy after the attack.

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