MANCHESTER UNITED and their City rivals have paid tribute to to those who lost their lives in the Manchester Bombings on the two-year anniversary.
In 2017 22 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his device at the Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
A bomb exploded in the foyer of Manchester Arena moments after US pop star Grande left the stage.
Witnesses told how nuts and bolts were sent flying in the blast as fans made their way to Manchester Victoria train station next door to the concert venue.
At least 64 fans were injured and 22 lost their lives – including many children.
On this solemn day, both Manchester football clubs paid tribute on social media.
City tweeted: “This city remembers”, and United posted: “#ManchesterTogether: then, now and forever.”
The messages of remembrance came far and wide from the world of sport.
Olympic gold medal-winning hockey star Samantha Quek posted to Twitter: “My thoughts are with the victims & families affected by the Manchester bombings that took place on this day two years ago.
“The people of Manchester can be very proud of how their city came together in the aftermath of the tragedy and how they have rebuilt & shown no fear since.”
She also uploaded a photo of the worker bee that is associated with the people of Manchester, which has become a symbol of memory for those who died.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan wrote: “#ManchesterRemembers xxxxxxxxxxx” and shared photos of the 22 people who lost their lives.
The fanatic responsible for the horror was identified as Manchester-born Salman Abedi, 22.