Stars including Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney and even the team bus were given a thorough searching after at least 22 died and 59 were injured in Monday night’s terror incident
MANCHESTER UNITED players had their cars checked by security outside their training ground this morning, before Wayne Rooney leads team in a minute’s silence.
Vehicles belonging to Jose Mourinho, Rooney, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and even the team bus were given a thorough searching after at least 22 people died and 59 were injured in last night’s atrocity.
The players were en route to Carrington’s Aon Training Complex ahead of the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday.
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Security were quick to stop all the luxury vehicles from entering the area, with Mourinho’s Jaguar and Rooney’s Audi just two to be looked at.
The same happened to both Phil Jones and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as the team bus as the squad prepare to fly into Sweden – currently on red alert after the terror attack.
Once players were allowed into training, they underwent a minute’s silence as a mark of respect – with players looking incredibly sombre.
Old Trafford’s flags flew at half-mast on Tuesday morning in the wake of the horrific terror attack at the Manchester Arena.
United have also asked Uefa for permission to don black armbands for the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night.
The Premier League side recently wore armbands for the victims of fans who died in Calabar, Nigeria after an electric cable fell on supporters in a bar.
Jose Mourinho‘s stars are being protected around the clock by gun cops as they prepare to take on Ajax.
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But the mood among travelling fans was sombre in the wake of an attack which injured dozens and cast a shadow over the city.
A heavy police presence has dominated Stockholm since Monday, with police helicopters circling the skies and armoured cars patrolling the streets.
Uefa themselves have released a statement ahead of the game on the back of Monday night’s horrendous event.
The statement read: “There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the Uefa Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be target of attacks.
“Uefa has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk has been taken into account since the very beginning of the project.
“Furthermore, a number of additional securing measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.
“Due to tight security arrangements, Uefa urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho has released a statement of his own, saying: “We’re all very sad about the tragic events last night; we can’t take out of our minds & hearts the victims and their families.
“I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one.
“We have a job to do and will fly to Sweden to do that job. It’s a pity we cannot fly with the happiness we always have before a big game.”
Chelsea also held a minute’s silence at training earlier today at Cobham.