Man United legends, officials from every Premier League club and Class of ’92 set to join family and friends at funeral of Sir Bobby Charlton at Manchester Cathedral
- A service celebrating Sir Bobby Charlton’s life will take place on Monday
- Man United and England legend passed away at the age of 86 last month
- United have contacted each of their top-flight rivals with an invitation
Manchester United have invited representatives from every Premier League club to attend the funeral of Sir Bobby Charlton.
The club and England legend passed away at the age of 86 last month and a service celebrating his life will take place at Manchester Cathedral on Monday.
Mail Sport understands that United have contacted each of their top-flight rivals with an invitation to what promises to be an emotional event.
It is expected that each will send a senior official to pay their respects to Sir Bobby, who won the World Cup and who was revered across the planet.
Final details are still being worked on but it is also thought that, in what will be a fitting spectacle, members from across United’s youth teams will form a guard of honour when the funeral cortege arrives at Old Trafford. It will then pause underneath the Trinity statue – of Sir Bobby and former team-mates Denis Law and George Best – for a moment of poignant reflection.
A service celebrating Sir Bobby Charlton’s life will take place at Manchester Cathedral
A minute’s applause was held at the Manchester derby at Old Trafford the day after his passing
The procession will then be escorted from the stadium to the cathedral in the heart of the city centre. Every living United captain has been invited to the service, which will not be broadcast. Around 1,000 are expected to be present, including players from across the eras at United including the Class of 92. Other greats from different sports, such as Sir Ian Botham, are also expected.
A number of eulogies will be made, from family members, those who worked alongside Sir Bobby at United and current staff.
Since news of Sir Bobby’s passing, in the early hours of October 21, was announced, tens of thousands have signed books of condolence.
A minute’s applause was held at the Manchester derby the following day, while Sir Alex Ferguson penned a moving 1,000-word eulogy in the match programme.
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