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Manchester will 'pull together as one' says Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the city will 'pull together as one' after Monday's night tragic events.

An explosion as Ariana Grande finished her concert left 22 dead and 59 people injured at the Manchester Arena, sending the city into shock that has reverberated across the world.

Less than 48 hours on from the attack, Mourinho will lead his United team into the Europa League final as they take on 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," he said ahead of the biggest game of his Manchester United tenure so far.

"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."

A place in next season's Champions League is part of the prize should United get past Ajax to claim the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

Kick-off at the Friends' Arena is at 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.

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