FORMER Newport County AFC star Regan Poole says Manchester is still a city in shock after this week’s terrorist attack.

The 18-year-old, who moved from Rodney Parade to Manchester United two years ago, paid tribute to his United teammates after they won the Europa League in difficult circumstances on Wednesday night.

“It’s a sad time for the club,” said Poole. “The Europa League final was couple of days after [the attack] and the players and the club responded very well.

“They were under a huge amount of pressure anyway before the attack, so for them to back it up with a win put a little bit of a smile on everyone's faces back in Manchester.”

Poole has lived in Manchester since sealing a move to the Premier League giants as a 17-year-old in September 2015 and he was in the city on Monday night when the attack happened at the Manchester Arena.

“I was in my apartment,” he said. “I didn't know about it at the time because it happened quite late and we were training next morning.

“To wake up in the morning to that news was horrible. We had our car searched on the way to training. The whole city was in kind of lockdown and it has been a big shock to everyone.

“At the training ground there was security and police and it was a shock to everyone.

“I know the Arena,” he added. “A couple of the boys were having food with their families in Manchester that night. They said it was unbelievable.

“I don't anyone who was in the Arena at the time, but it was obviously obscene and people said they'd never seen anything like it.”