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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag pays tribute to Brazil icon Pele

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has paid tribute to football icon Pele following his death in Brazil. Aged 82, Pele passed away after a battle with colon cancer. During tomorrow’s clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers, United’s players will wear black armbands in memory of the former Santos striker and there will also be a minute’s applause prior to kick off. Speaking to the Reds’ official website on Friday, Ten Hag sent a touching tribute to the Brazilian legend. He said: “It’s really sad news. ALSO READ: United stars pay tribute to Pele “One of the biggest [players], maybe the biggest ever, has passed away and I send my condolences to his family and to the whole community of football. We [have] lost a big personality, a great football player, a winner of three World Cup titles, which is massive, and over 1000 goals. “He was very elegant and I think he changed the game. He was a gentleman in every perspective.” United’s Brazilian contingent posted their own tributes to Pele on Twitter yesterday evening. Fred tweeted: “Much more than a football idol. “Simply the greatest athlete of all time. Maximum reference for all generations. “May God receive you in peace, King.” Casemiro followed his teammate’s post with this tribute: “Rest in peace, King Pele. “Thank you for the glory you gave Brazil and football. His legacy is eternal.” Antony received a message from Pele a matter of weeks ago after Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia. Following the 82-year-old’s passing, the former Ajax man tweeted: “The greatest of them all. “The King, inspiration, example, the only, the eternal.” United return to action on New Year’s Eve when they visit Wolves in the day’s early kick-off. READ NEXT: Get all the latest United news here Pele dies aged 82 Guardiola praises Ronaldo in Pele tribute How United tried to sign Pele Pele sends message to Antony after World Cup exit Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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