- Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay described Charlton’s death as “devastating”
- Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, hailed Charlton as a “football legend.
In a touching moment, Manchester United players paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary England’s 1966 World Cup winner, Sir Bobby Charlton, before their Premier League match against Sheffield United yesterday. Charlton passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 86.
Before the game, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes led the team in laying a wreath in honor of the club great.
“Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world,” the club said in a statement.
“He was admired as much for his sportsmanship and integrity as he was for his outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game”
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A picture of the former attacking midfielder was displayed on a big screen at Bramall Lane, where the match took place.
The crowd joined in with a round of applause as the players stood around the center circle, showing their respect for the football icon.
On the pitch, Scott McTominay scored the opening goal for Manchester United, putting them 1-0 ahead. However, he later conceded a penalty that allowed Sheffield United to equalize.
In the second half, Manchester United took control and their determination paid off.
Diogo Dalot struck an incredible long-range goal, a contender for the goal of the season, sealing a 2-1 victory for the team.
After the match, Manchester United’s player Harry Maguire paid his respects to Sir Bobby Charlton, describing him as a true legend of football.
“Sir Bobby came into the changing room a lot and he lit the place up with his aura.” Maguire said.
“We’re delighted to win the game tonight but this is more than football.”