Manchester United have issued a statement after the Royal Family tragically announced that Queen Elizabeth II peacefully passed away earlier on Thursday.
The Reds are due to play the Europa League curtain-raiser against Real Sociedad on Thursday and news of Her Majesty’s passing broke shortly prior to kick-off.
Tributes in Her Majesty’s honour were flooding in on social media, with the official Manchester United Twitter account almost immediately issuing a statement on proceedings going forward.
According to the National World, the United Kingdom will now enter a nine-day mourning period and as part of that plan, sport fixtures will be postponed.
That would include Manchester United’s game against Real Sociedad on Thursday night but the club swiftly made a statement confirming that the fixture will go ahead as planned.
“Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen,” a statement on the official Manchester United website read.
“The club recognises her immense contribution to public life, including sport, both here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.
“Everyone connected with Manchester United joins the wider football family in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to The Royal Family.