“Today (Wednesday) marks the 61st anniversary of the darkest day in Manchester United‘s history,” the club said on their official website. “On 6 February 1958, 23 people – including eight players and three members of the club’s staff – suffered fatal injuries in the Munich Air Disaster, when travelling back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade.” At 3.04pm on February 6, 1958, slush on the runway in Germany prevented United’s plane from reaching take-off speed and led to a crash that killed 23 people. Eight first-team players – part of United’s legendary side the ‘Busby Babes’ under Scottish icon Sir Matt Busby – and three long-serving members of staff were among those to die as United made their way back from the match. Eight journalists, the co-pilot, cabin steward, travel agent and a United supporter were also killed in the crash that only 21 people survived.
We will never forget. #FlowersOfManchester
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 6 February 2019
Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed the importance of the day in the club’s history before fans gather to pay their own tributes under the Munich memorial plaque at Old Trafford on Wednesday afternoon. “I think it’s so important because it’s such a big part of our history. That day will be in our memories and our history forever,” said Solskjaer. “It’s a sad day in our history, but it’s a day that we’ll always remember.” United players Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw paid their own tributes among thousands of messages on social media including words from former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and defender Patrice Evra.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) 6 February 2019
The thoughts of #LFC are with all those affected by the Munich air disaster.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) 6 February 2019
— Patrice Evra (@Evra) 6 February 2019
— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) 6 February 2019
— Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) 6 February 2019
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) 6 February 2019
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) 6 February 2019
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