Here’s how Manchester United plan to honour club legend Sir Bobby Charlton this week
They are ensuring he gets the send-off he deserves.
Manchester United have confirmed how they plan to honour the late, great Sir Bobby Charlton, who sadly passed away on Saturday, 21 October, revealing multiple tributes this week.
Tributes have been pouring in for the club and England legend following his death over the weekend, as players past and presents, staff and fans already having been welcomed to the home ground to lay flowers and scarves outside the Trinity Statue, as well as sign the book of condolences, with thousands more doing the same online in a digital dedication.
However, since the news of Charlton’s passing was learned not long before Man United’s away win against Sheffield United — with Harry Maguire dedicating the victory to the iconic World Cup winner — the club is yet to give Sir Bobby the proper send-off he deserves from the Old Trafford faithful.
That being said, the club have now officially revealed how they will pay their respects to the special footballer, starting several tributes at tonight’s Champions League match against FC Copenhagen.
As detailed in a club statement, United “will honour and remember Sir Bobby at our men’s first-team game against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday through a special pre-match tribute, which will conclude with a minute’s silence before kick-off.
Opening turnstiles will be open from 6pm, two hours before they are due to play, they are asking fans to arrive early and take their seats so as to give them plenty of time to prepare for the ceremony and pay their respects.
As the pre-match update goes on to explain, “a wreath will be in place on Sir Bobby’s seat within the Director’s Box, players and staff will wear black armbands and Sir Bobby will be remembered on the cover of the matchday programme.”
There will also be further tributes to the 1968 European Cup, FA Cup and the three-time division one title-winner in the matchday programme for the Manchester derby this weekend, with Manchester City having already offered their condolences and apologised for the behaviour of some of their fans.
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After a minute’s silence was observed and black armbands were worn by the United Women’s team during their WSL game against Everton at Leigh Sports Village on Monday, Sir Bobby will be similarly commemorated at their UEFA Youth League game on Tuesday as well, with club labelling it “a fitting tribute given his long association with our Academy”.
The book of condolence will also once against be available for fans to leave messages and memories in the International Suite from 10am-4pm right up until this Friday.
And lastly, ahead of their home fixtures against Man City in the Premier League this weekend, the club has said they will “celebrate the life of Sir Bobby with a minute’s applause and expressions of fan remembrance with flags and surfer banners” which will be passed around the stadium. It will be an emotional moment inside Old Trafford, for sure.
They have assured that further information surrounding Sunday’s match and Charlton’s tributes will be communicated later this week and signed off by thanking the fan base for their “support over recent days and for ensuring we can remember Sir Bobby in such a dignified and respectful manner.”
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