While Roma manager Jose Mourinho was in grief after the monarch’s passing on Thursday, Manchester United led English football in paying respect to Queen Elizabeth II before their 1-0 Europa League loss to Real Sociedad.
Players from the Premier League clubs competing in second- and third-tier competitions in Europe, United, West Ham, and Arsenal, all donned black armbands in honor of the Queen, who passed away earlier in the day at the age of 96.
Both Old Trafford and the London Stadium had somber moods; West Ham and United both observed a minute of silence prior to the start of the game.
In their 3-1 victory against FCSB of Romania in the Europa Conference League, West Ham supporters sang “God save the Queen.”
Arsenal held a moment of silence before the start of the second half of their 2-1 Europa League victory against FC Zurich after it was reported that the country’s longest-reigning monarch had passed away after the game had already started.
After Roma’s 2-1 Europa League defeat to Bulgarian team Ludogorets, former United, Chelsea, and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho paid a solemn homage to the Queen.
My apologies. My family is in England, where I have lived for a long time, Mourinho said to Sky Sport Italy.
“I’m sorry, I don’t believe anybody doesn’t respect this amazing lady.”
The players of Manchester United joined arms during the perfectly timed minute of quiet, while the players of Sociedad did the same on the opposite side of the center circle.
Many United supporters were spotted sobbing in the seats, and during the minute of grief, Sociedad supporters raised their blue and white scarves in remembrance.
The flags at Old Trafford were at half-mast as a gesture of the club’s “utmost respect” for the Queen. There had been no pre-match music, and the digital advertising hoardings had been turned off.
According to a club statement, “Manchester United shares the nation’s sadness after the news from Buckingham Palace on the demise of Her Majesty, the Queen.”
“The club recognizes her enormous contribution to public life, including sport, both here in the UK, in the Commonwealth, and throughout the globe.”
Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, said, “UEFA and European football are sincerely saddened by the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, one of the most revered individuals in the world.
As well as the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth states, our thoughts are with her family, Prince William, the president of the English Football Association.
As the game progressed, the customary shouts in favor of United and against the Glazer family, the club’s owners, were audible, but the mood seemed more muted than normal.
Following his £82 million transfer from Ajax on Sunday, Brazilian striker Antony was referred to by Erik Ten Hag as United’s “missing link” after scoring in his first appearance against Arsenal.
However, the 22-year-old found it difficult to have any effect on United’s erratic performance.
In contrast to Casemiro, a Brazilian midfielder who just moved from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was making only his second United start of the year.
Both players failed to ignite United, who had Ronaldo’s header properly ruled offside in the 35th minute.
When United defender Lisandro Martinez was controversially given a handball penalty in the 59th minute, Sociedad had already secured their win.
Only Martinez’s arm was struck by the ball after it bounced off his knee, but a VAR review affirmed the verdict, and Brais Mendez drilled the penalty shot beyond David De Gea.
For the third time under manager ten Hag, United was defeated after winning four straight Premier League games.
As the Premier League leaders bounced back from their first loss of the season against United last Saturday, Marquinhos, a Brazilian youngster, scored on his Arsenal debut.
In the 16th minute, Arsenal took the lead thanks to a first-time finish from Marquinhos, who had been acquired from Sao Paulo in June.
Nketiah fouled Zurich’s Mirlind Kryeziu in the box, resulting in a penalty that Kryeziu successfully converted shortly before halftime.
Just after the hour mark, Nketiah made apologies by heading in Marquinhos’ cross for the game-winning goal.
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