Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to miss Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral due to ‘unbreakable’ commitments
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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to miss Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral due to ‘unbreakable’ commitments

Nov 13, 2023

Erik ten Hag will not be attending Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral on Monday and sent his regrets.

The Manchester United boss said he has an ‘unbreakable and long-standing commitment in the Netherlands’.

Charlton is an undisputed Man United legend, who scored 249 goals for the club

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Charlton is an undisputed Man United legend, who scored 249 goals for the clubCredit: Getty Images

Sir Bobby’s funeral cortege set to pass Old Trafford before heading on to Manchester Cathedral on Monday.

The United legend sadly passed away last month at the age of 86 after battling with dementia.

As well as family and friends, fans are expected to line the streets of Manchester to pay homage to one of the city’s biggest heroes.

But Ten Hag will not be in attendance and has had to return to the Netherlands for an ‘unbreakable commitment’, the Daily Mail report.

A representative for United invited fans to pay their respects along the route, which will make its way to the ‘Holy Trinity’ statue around 1:30 PM.

The statue depicts Charlton, Denis Law and George Best celebrating a goal as three of United’s best-ever players.

The service is expected to then begin at around 2PM.

Canon Nigel Ashworth will lead the service at Manchester Cathedral, featuring eulogies from friends and family.

Charlton sadly lost his life at the age of 86 last month

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Charlton sadly lost his life at the age of 86 last monthCredit: Getty
But Ten Hag will not be attending the service

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But Ten Hag will not be attending the serviceCredit: Getty

The service will be strictly private and will not be filmed, out of respect.

Several key figures will be in attendance from United, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Richard Arnold, David Gill, Ed Woodward, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, John Shiels and Martin Edwards.

Current players Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Tom Heaton will be present as others will be absent due to the international break.

Several former players will also be in attendance such as Alex Stepney, Paddy Crerand, Brian Kidd, Mark Hughes, Bryan Robson and Lou Macari.

The Glazers will not be making an appearance, however, with the divisive club owners steering clear to avoid disturbing the service.

It was revealed that Sir Bobby died shortly after suffering from a fall at a care home in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Man United statement in full

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.

A graduate of our youth Academy, Sir Bobby played 758 games and scored 249 goals during 17 years as a Manchester United player, winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup. For England, he won 106 caps and scored 49 goals for England, and won the 1966 World Cup.

Following his retirement, he went on to serve the club with distinction as a director for 39 years. 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.


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