- Erik ten Hag says Sir Bobby Charlton’s legacy will continue to inspire the team.
- United will pay tribute to Charlton at their first home match.
- Charlton was a legend for United and English football.
After passing away at the age of 86, Sir Bobby Charlton will continue to inspire Manchester United, according to manager Erik ten Hag.
When FC Copenhagen visits Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the Champions League, ten Hag anticipates a passionate environment.
This will be United’s first home match following the announcement of club legend Charlton’s passing on Saturday.
“He is a huge inspiration for us every day.” said ten Hag.
“He is in front of Old Trafford, with Denis Law and George Best [in the statue]. He is always with us. I am sure it will be even more a very emotional evening.”
Although the specifics of the team’s intended homage to the 1966 World Cup victor are still being finalized, the players will don black armbands and observe a minute of silence.
The centerpiece of the floral tributes to Charlton, who led the Red Devils to their first-ever European Cup victory in 1968—ten years after the Munich tragedy that forever altered his life—became the ‘Holy Trinity’ statue outside the stadium. Charlton won three league titles, the FA Cup, and an FA Cup with United.
“Bobby was a legend, a giant, not only for Manchester United but for football. His legacy and the high standards [he set] are what we have to live every day,” said ten Hag.
“Our thoughts are with his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.”
In the past, Charlton was a frequent visitor to Old Trafford games; however, his health has precluded him from doing so in recent years.
After moving to United in 2018, Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot got to know Charlton. On Saturday, he scored the winning goal against Sheffield United, a magnificent 25-yard shot that was characteristic of Charlton’s play.
“It’s a big privilege when you compare Sir Bobby’s goals and they relate to a goal of your own,” said the former Porto full-back.
“I was fortunate enough to get to know him. Since I arrived at the club, he was always there after the games with us. If we won or lost he was always there to give you a word of appreciation. At times he would even say we had to play a little bit better.
“When I arrived I always tried to know a little more about the history of the club, whether it was close history or the longer history. Hearing about Sir Bobby was something you had to have done.
“He represents the standards of this club. It’s something we have to look back [on], and if legends like this won the best titles, won the best games, scored the best goals, we have to follow in those steps.”
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