Ten Hag forced to miss Sir Bobby Charlton's funeral with Harry Maguire one of four Man Utd stars paying respects to icon | The Sun

ERIK TEN HAG will miss Sir Bobby Charlton's funeral due to an "unbreakable and long-standing personal commitment in Holland". 

Manchester United icon Charlton last month passed away aged 86 following a battle with dementia.

Charlton's funeral cortege is set to pass Old Trafford before heading on to Manchester Cathedral for a memorial service.

Sir Bobby will be commemorated alongside former teammates Denis Law and George Best in the "United Trinity" statue at around 1.30pm.

The cortege will then pass through a guard of honour comprising members of the club's youth team squads and the statue before setting off for the cathedral via the A56, Trinity Way, Chapel Street and Victoria Bridge.

Despite Ten Hag being unable to attending, former captain Harry Maguire will be among four current stars present.



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Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Tom Heaton will join Maguire at the service while other United players are on international duty.

United legends Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are all expected to be there.

But the unpopular Glazer family are not due to go fearing a backlash from supporters who are keen to see them end their ownership of the club.

United declined to comment when approached by SunSport.

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The ceremony, which will not be filmed or broadcast, will include eulogies and tributes from former United chief executive David Gill and a personal tribute from Sir Bobby's family.

Thousands are expected to line the streets as the funeral cortege arrives at Old Trafford.

The midfielder made 758 appearances and scored 249 goals for the Red Devils in a glittering 17-year playing career.

He survived the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, which claimed the lives of eight of his fellow Busby Babes, and went on to win the World Cup with England in 1966 alongside older brother Jack.

His glittering career also included winning the European Cup with United two years later.

Charlton returned to the club as a director in 1984 and continued to serve both it and football in general as a much-admired ambassador until his latter years.

His stature in the game was reflected in the tributes which poured in after the news of his death was announced.

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