Doing this job on days like this is tough, particularly when it is so close to home. Manchester is my home, it’s the place where I was born and raised, and to see such a terrifying incident take place is just gut-wrenching, as it must be for everyone else around the world.
Last night’s attack on Manchester was horrific, but in times like these, the people of my great city come together like no other. That was the case amongst the public last night, and carried over through to the players this morning as they paid their own respects with a minute’s silence before the media session began.
What a nice touch from the lads. We forget that this is their home too, and they’ll feel every bit of pain just like us.
Today, the club have already confirmed that the megastore, museum, Red cafe and tour have all been cancelled, and it also seems like Jose Mourinho’s pre-match press conference ahead of the Europa League final will no longer take place.
It’s just harrowing, and it will take some time for all involved to get over this incident. Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by this tragedy.