The emotion was real as United’s place stood in honor of the victims of the May 22 bombing in Manchester. Just two days after Salmon Abedi killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena, United are playing in arguably their most important game of the season.
Though the silence ended up being poorly organized with some in the crowd clapping and chanting, “Manchester” instead of remaining quiet. Eventually, order was restored and the moment of reflection was observed.
Some opted to completely miss the point:
The Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst said that, “While the #mufc players gather for minute’s silence, Pogba goes to fans and whips up support. They respond.”
Both Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam as well as the game officials will wear black armbands in honor of the victims. The United players held a moment of silence at training after the attack. While the UK government has announced that there will be a national minute of silence on May 25th at 11 a.m. GMT.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United player Phil Neville showed his heroism by donating food to the city’s children’s hospital, according to the Daily Mirror.