Europa League final: Players and fans honor Manchester victims

On Monday, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 64 at Manchester Arena following a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande.

A minute’s silence was held prior to the match in Stockholm between Manchester United and Ajax, with the Premier League club and Jose Mourinho expressing their sadness in the build-up to the game.

The team hopes the match will be able to provide some kind of relief to the city, but knows it will be a difficult experience, particularly for the homegrown players in United’s squad.

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A banner by Manchester United fans for the victims of the Manchester terror attack on May 22, reads: ‘your hate makes us stronger’ in the streets of Stockholm, Sweden, prior the Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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The Manchester United team take part in a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester Concert attack prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Manchester United players observe a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the Manchester attack. Reuters / Phil Noble Livepic

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The Ajax team take part in a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester Concert attack prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Manchester United fans display a banner in reference to the terror attack in Manchester before the match. Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

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Supporters stay behind a flag outside the stadium prior to the soccer Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Ajax players take part in a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester Concert attack prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Manchester United fan with a banner in tribute to the victims of the Manchester attack. Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

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Ajax and Manchester United players take part in a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester Concert attack prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Manchester United fans display banners before the match. Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

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Ajax players observe a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the Manchester attack. Reuters / Michael Dalder Livepic

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Manchester United players observe a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the Manchester attack. Reuters / Phil Noble Livepic