Man Utd and Watford players make ‘spontaneous’ peace plea to Russia before match

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Manchester United and Watford players spontaneously joined together for a photo with a sign for peace ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday.

After the two sides took to the pitch at Old Trafford, Ralf Rangnick posed with the sign alongside his players.

However, the Red Devils were soon joined by the Watford side in a heart-warming gesture ahead of kick-off.

Watford joining them did not appear to be planned, as some United stars waved for them to come over.

The gesture was said to be Rangnick’s idea, and it was the German who held the card with peace written on it for the cameras to see.

On social media, fans said the action was sports at its ‘unifying’ best.



Watford and United joined together for the spontaneous act
Watford and United joined together for the spontaneous act

After Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine this week, United dropped sponsor Aeroflot on Thursday.

A club statement said: “In light of events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn Aeroflot’s sponsorship rights. We share the concerns of our fans around the world and extend our sympathies to those affected.”

Aeroflot had been one of United’s major sponsors since 2013, and their current contract ran until 2023.

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It was said to be Rangnick's idea
It was said to be Rangnick’s idea

Football has already been outspoken about the ongoing conflict, with Barcelona and Napoli posing behind a banner that read “Stop War” ahead of their Europa League fixture.

While Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko has been outspoken about the conflict in his country.

So too was his compatriot Ruslan Malinovskyi, who, after scoring for Atalanta, showed off a top reading: “No to war in Ukraine.”