Jose Mourinho and Michael Carrick to lead commemorative tributes of Munich air disaster
Last Updated: 06/02/18 8:23am
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and club captain Michael Carrick will lead commemorative tributes to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster on Tuesday.
On February 6, 1958, United's plane crashed on a flight back from a European Cup tie away to Red Star Belgrade, a tragedy which resulted in 23 people losing their lives.
Mourinho and Carrick will lay wreaths on behalf of the club and players inside the ground, with a minute's silence to be held at 3.04pm - the time of the fatal crash in Munich.
Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg survived the tragedy and will be in attendance at the commemorative service, which supporters are welcome to attend.
The first team and under-23s will be present and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, club director Michael Edelson and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will all give readings.
Further commemorative events will also be held in Munich and Belgrade where the under-19s, in UEFA Youth League action, led by academy boss Nicky Butt will lay a wreath and hold a minute's silence at the Partizan Stadium - the venue for the European Cup quarter-final between the clubs.
Club ambassador Denis Irwin and senior executives will join 2,000 United fans at a memorial ceremony in Germany at the monument which marks the disaster in Munich.
The club's players wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence ahead of United's 2-0 Premier League victory over Huddersfield on Saturday - the closest home game to February 6.
Prior to the match supporters gathered underneath the Munich plaque outside the ground to carry out readings, prayers and a rendition of 'The Flowers of Manchester'.
Juan Mata dedicated the victory to the Munich victims and their families and said they would always remain in the club's memories.
"Obviously it was a special game, a very sad memory," he told MUTV.
"It was a thing that changed the history of the club and the club showed the passion and the energy that we all have in Manchester United.
"So, we pay respect to the victims and their families, and they will always be in our memories.
"It was a game to win for them and we did it."
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