Erik ten Hag led the tributes to Sir Bobby Charlton during Tuesday’s game against FC Copenhagen as he exited the tunnel with a bagpiper – before laying a pitchside wreath in honor of the United legend.
United face the Danish side in the Champions League just three days after Sir Bobby – widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time – died aged 86 following complications from dementia.
The talented footballer was born in Ashington, Northumberland. on October 11, 1937 and played an essential role in it EnglandThe glory of the 1966 World Cup. He played 758 games for United and also earned 106 caps for his beloved country. There is a stand named after him at Old Trafford.
And before kick-off, the club held a special pre-match tribute to Sir Bobby, which ended with a minute’s silence.
As the players gathered in the center circle, Ten Hag emerged from the tunnel behind the bagpiper.
Erik ten Hag led the tributes to Sir Bobby Charlton during Tuesday’s game against FC Copenhagen as he exited the tunnel with a bagpiper
He was joined on either side by former United goalkeeper Alex Stepney (right), who was a team-mate of Sir Bobby’s at the club, and youth team captain Dan Gore (left).
He was joined on both sides by former United goalkeeper Alex Stepney, who was a team-mate of Sir Bobby’s at the club, and youth team captain Dan Gore.
During a minute’s silence, Ten Hag placed the wreath in the center circle before placing it at the edge of the field.
Back in 2008, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, when United took on Man City, a unique bagpiper was seen entering the Old Trafford pitch.
It was also seen at the first game at the ground after Sir Matt Busby’s pass against Everton in January 1994.
A wreath was also laid on Sir Bobby’s seat in the Director’s Box while he was remembered on the front page of the matchday programme.
Players and staff from both teams also wore black armbands in memory of the United legend, while Copenhagen fans could be heard singing “One Bobby Charlton” before kick-off, which was a nice touch, and also unfurled a banner that read: ” Rest.’In peace, Sir Bobby Charlton.’
Several fans also paid tribute to Sir Bobby outside Old Trafford before kick-off.
This came after he was celebrated at United’s UEFA Youth League game on Tuesday afternoon, before the U19 team lost 1-0 to their Copenhagen side.
Meanwhile, both Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand paid tribute to the United legend while working pitchside for TNT Sports.
Ten Hag placed a wreath in the center circle before moving it to the sidelines
Ferdinand said: “First and foremost he was just a fantastic person.” He was a wonderful football player, but the way he behaved as a person was what was special for me.
“The football club ran through his veins.” “He just loved this football club like not many I’ve ever seen before.”
Scholes added: “He was a wonderful, wonderful man.” It was a sad day when we heard the news, but I think when you look at all the tributes around the world, the first thing that comes to mind is Sir Bobby Charlton the meaning when you think of Man United.
“To go through what he went through with the tragedy in Munich and then winning the European Cup and the World Cup – it’s just a really sad evening tonight and we just hope we get through it.”
Both groups of players observed a minute’s silence in memory of the great United player Sir Bobby
United’s women’s team also remembered Sir Bobby at their WSL game on Sunday when they took on Everton, with a minute’s silence observed and the players also wearing black armbands.
Ten Hag and his squad wrote personal messages in memory of Charlton at their Carrington training ground, which will be added to a book of condolence opened at Old Trafford.
More than a thousand fans signed the book within a day of his death being announced as supporters flocked to Old Trafford to pay their respects.
United plan to further commemorate Sir Bobby at Sunday’s game against Man City by applauding for a minute and displaying signs of fan remembrance with flags and surfer banners around the stadium.