Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo thanked Liverpool supporters for their display of support in Tuesday’s Premier League meeting between the teams, which he missed due to the death of his newborn son.

Ronaldo and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, had announced in October they were expecting twins, but said on Monday that one of the two babies had died.

Ronaldo was given a standing ovation by fans in the seventh minute of the match at Anfield, with Liverpool fans singing: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” while their United counterparts applauded.

“One world… One sport… One global family… Thanks, Anfield. Me and my family will never forget this moment of respect and compassion,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram on Thursday.

Both sets of players walked onto the pitch wearing black armbands, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp later described the show of support from fans as the “moment of the game.”

United went on to lose 4-0 and sit sixth in the table with 54 points from 33 games.

The Old Trafford club, who on Thursday announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new manager to succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick, take on Arsenal on Saturday.

In a later post on Thursday, Ronaldo announced that his partner had returned home along with their newborn baby girl, adding more thanks for the support the family have received.

“Verified Home sweet home,” read Ronaldo’s Instagram caption. “Gio and our baby girl are finally together with us. We want to thank everyone for all the kind words and gestures. Your support is very important and we all felt the love and respect that you have for our family. Now it’s time to be grateful for the life that we’ve just welcomed into this world.”

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