Manchester may have been hit by a terrorist attack, but United fans are doing their best to show that the city has not been divided.
Arriving in Stockholm ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday, fans showed their defiance with banners.
One group of fans posed outside the Friends Arena, where they game will be played, with a large banner which read: ‘Manchester – a City United #prayformanchester’.
Another supporter brought a banner that read ‘Once a Manc, always a Manc. RIP’ referring to the attack on Monday
A police officer walks past another banner which reads ‘Your hate makes us stronger’
United fans pose with another banner in the centre of Stockholm on Wednesday afternoon
The travelling fans were soaking up the atmosphere, and the sunshine, in Sweden ahead of the showpiece final on Wednesday
Further banners declared ‘Your hate makes us stronger’ and ‘Once a Manc, always a Manc. RIP’ in response to the terrorist act.
Monday’s attack at the end of a pop concert has led to an increased security presence at Wednesday night’s game.
An explosion in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, as an Ariana Grande gig finished, killed 22 people, with a further 119 requiring hospital treatment.
The incident sparked questions over whether or not the Stockholm match would take place as planned, but European football’s governing body, UEFA, announced on Tuesday that a minute’s silence will be held before kick-off after confirming the game will go ahead as planned.
A group of supporters sing songs about their team on the afternoon of the Europa League final
Outside the stadium local police joined by heavily armed special officers, as Sweden stepped up its security
Despite a strong police presence around the stadium things looked to be relaxed, with officers posing for a picture
An officer poses with an Ajax fan on the afternoon of the game, as fans seemed to rub along well with the security services
Mounted police congregate outside the stadium as fans began to move towards the ground ahead of kick-off
MAKE YOUR MIND UP!
It appears that one fan in Stockholm couldn’t decide on his favourite United player.
The mixed up supporter decided to combine United’s No 6, Paul Pogba, with No 9 Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come up with this ’69 Pogbahimovic’ shirt.
Some let off flares in the city centre, and there was a large police presence on the streets to keep an eye on everything.
United did not hold a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, at the instigation of manger Jose Mourinho, but he did release a statement urging the city to ‘pull together as one’.
‘We are all very sad about the tragic events last night,’ said Mourinho. ‘We cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.
‘We have a job to do. 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.’
One supporter found an innovative way look for tickets after making the journey to Sweden for the game
A United fan carries a crate of beer in the city centre on a hot afternoon in Sweden
A group of eight United fans enjoy the atmosphere in Stockholm as they prepare to support their team in the final
A street vendor shows off a half-and-half scarf featuring local hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic