- Man United fans are queuing up at Old Trafford to sign a book of condolence
- They are paying their respects for the late Sir Bobby Charlton
- Other supporters have laid flowers, shirts and more at the feet of his statue
Captain Bruno Fernandes carried a wreath onto the pitch at Bramall Lane ahead of kick-off as the club paid tribute to the late legend.
And now, fans have shown up to Old Trafford in droves to pay their respects to Sir Bobby Charlton.
Several have laid flowers for the former England great, with others opting to sign a book of condolence in his memory.
Sir Bobby Charlton passed away on Saturday morning before his former club faced Sheffield United on the same evening
Captain Bruno Fernandes carried a wreath onto the pitch at Bramall Lane on Saturday
Manchester United fans are queuing up to sign a book of condolence for their legend
Charlton was a key member of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup team and also enjoyed great success at club level with United, who became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968.
His family announced on Saturday afternoon that he had died peacefully in the early hours of the morning surrounded by his family.
United led the tributes, saying in a statement: ‘Manchester United are in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club.
‘Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world.
‘He was admired as much for his sportsmanship and integrity as he was for his outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game.’
Charlton was a key member of England’s victorious 1966 World Cup team and also enjoyed great success at club level with United
Fans have turned up to Old Trafford in droves to pay their respects with flowers
Fathers have brought their sons to pay tribute to their footballing idol and Man United legend
One fan placed his scarf around the neck of Sir Bobby Charlton’s statue at Old Trafford
Others are queuing for hours to sign a book of condolences for Sir Bobby Charlton
Shirts, scarfs and flowers, among other items, have been laid at the foot of Sir Bobby’s statue
Charlton made his debut for United in 1956 and went on to play 758 matches for the Red Devils, scoring 249 goals. Both were long-standing club records until they were overtaken by Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney, respectively.
Charlton won three league three titles and one FA Cup at Old Trafford and, after leaving United in 1973 and becoming Preston manager, he returned to Old Trafford 11 years later as a club director. He was knighted for services to football in 1994.
The statement continued: ‘His unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will be forever etched in the history of Manchester United and English football; and his legacy will live on through the life-changing work of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation.
‘The club’s heartfelt sympathies are with his wife Lady Norma, his daughters and grandchildren, and all who loved him.’
Now, the United fans have had the opportunity to pay their respects as the footballing world miss Sir Bobby.