Manchester United honour Munich victims on 60th anniversary
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 03/02/18 7:17pm
Manchester United paid tribute to the victims of the Munich air disaster at Old Trafford on its 60th anniversary on Saturday.
Eight United stars were among the 23 who died when their plane crashed as it took off in the snow following a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade on February 6, 1958.
The players wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence ahead of United's Premier League 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
Both sets of fans received a commemorative pack containing a limited-edition book detailing the story of the disaster, a matchday programme and a letter from the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
As the two sides walked out on to the pitch the home fans unfurled a banner, which read: "We'll never die."
Supporters gathered underneath the Munich plaque outside the ground before kick-off to take part in their annual event to carry out readings, prayers and a rendition of 'The Flowers of Manchester'.
The club will hold a commemorative service inside the ground on February 6, with supporters welcome to attend.
United boss Jose Mourinho paid his respects to those who lost their lives ahead of Saturday's game, saying the disaster had always been in his heart and acknowledged this had increased since he arrived at Old Trafford.
"Even before I became Manchester United manager it was part of my life as a sportsman,"Mourinho said.
"Obviously I wasn't even born but I knew everything about it and the amazing reaction Manchester United had after that and to honour the people's memory always.
"So as Manchester United manager it obviously becomes more important and for me and for every player it's a special day."
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