Manchester United Europa League final given extra security after Ariana Grande concert attack

Manchester United play Ajax in the Europa League final tomorrow night

Manchester United have a crucial match in Stockholm tomorrow night

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

European football's governing body has confirmed additional security measures will be implemented for Manchester United's Europa League final tomorrow night, after the terror attack in the club's home city last night.

However Uefa said the increase in security had nothing to do with the Manchester Arena atrocity - and in fact had been planned for several months.

Twenty two people, many of them children, were killed in a terrorist attack at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande last night.

Manchester Arndale Centre, a shopping mall close by the scene of last night's blast, was evacuated earlier today, and there have been fears of follow-up attacks.

However Uefa has assured Mancunians travelling to Stockholm for tomorrow night's final that they will be completely.

The governing body said there is "currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the Uefa Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.

"UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project. Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the [terror] attack in Stockholm last April."

United's players earlier held a minute's silence in memory of the victims, while the club's Old Trafford stadium has been placed in lockdown after the atrocity.

A man has been arrested in relation to the attack, which has been claimed by Isis via its Amaq news agency.