Sir Bobby Charlton has been referred to as “an absolute legend” of Manchester United and football in general by Harry Maguire.
The club was shocked to learn on Saturday that one of our finest and most cherished players had died at the age of 86.
The legendary Ballon d’Or, World Cup, and European Cup winner was a beloved representative for Manchester United.
Before our Premier League match against Sheffield United, the Reds laid a wreath of flowers on the Bramall Lane field and held a minute of applause in his honor. Erik ten Hag’s team also wore black armbands as a sign of respect.
Speaking after our 2-1 victory over the Blades, Maguire revealed the positive influence that Sir Bobby had on the United players.
Tribute to Sir Bobby Chalton
“First and foremost, it’s a really sad day,” he told Sky Sports. “We obviously found out this afternoon, and, preparing for a game, it hit us hard.
“Sir Bobby came into the changing room a lot after games and lit the place up. You could see the aura he brought to the dressing room and the amount of respect that the lads, the staff, and the club have for him.”
Harry continued: “He’s an absolute legend of this club and a legend of football. We’re obviously delighted to win the game tonight, but this is more than football, and our thoughts go out to Sir Bobby’s family.
“He would always come into the changing room, to be fair to him, whether we had won or lost. It wasn’t one of them where he would just come in after we won games. But his presence was really felt in the dressing room.
“You always saw him around the club, and he’s been a great ambassador for the club since he retired from football. We’ll miss him, and of course the world will miss him. He was a great person and an amazing footballer, but more importantly, an amazing person.”
Our travelling fans in South Yorkshire chanted Sir Bobby’s name throughout the game, including after Diogo Dalot’s sensational second-half strike which clinched the three points.
Dalot felt the players did Sir Bobby and his family proud by winning the match.
“When we came to the game, we obviously wanted to contribute a little bit more,” our no.20 said.
“We know that it’s not easy to contribute to the family of Sir Bobby Charlton. But with a win, we gave a little bit of joy for a sad day. We are just happy with the win and I think we deserved it.
“Like I said, this is the contribution that we could have today and we could give today to the family. We are one family as United and we are all united in days like this. We suffer together and when we win we celebrate together and we celebrate on the pitch.”
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