Manchester United remembers Busby Babes ahead of 60th anniversary
There was a sad atmosphere around Old Trafford before the commencement of their game with Huddersfield as the club and their fans remembered the victims of the Munich crash.
The unfortunate tragedy which claimed the lives of 23 people including fine players such as Geoff Bent, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, Liam Whelan among others occurred on the 6th of February 1958 on their back from a European Cup match with Red Star Belgrade.
It has become a custom for the club to pay their tribute in the closest home game to the disaster day and today marks that day.
The club faithful gathered in their numbers for the annual short event which involves prayers, readings and a rendition of the Flowers of Manchester while the club players will be seen with black armbands and a minute silence before kick-off.
Club Manager, Jose Mourinho who put on a Munich pin badge in his pre-match press conference on Friday stated that he is hopeful of a good display from his squad that befits the Busby Babes.
He said: “I was telling MUTV that this is something that is part of my life, or part of my football culture before I become Manchester United manager,”
“And why? Because it was such a tragedy that stayed in these last 60 years.
“So as Manchester United manager obviously it means much more but I think it belongs to every sportsman as one of the biggest tragedies.
“At the same time, it is a crucial point also in Manchester United’s history – the reaction, the strength, the union after that situation.
“And I think tomorrow is an amazing day to show the respect, to show the passion for the club, the respect for them, the respect for their families and I think it is a day to play well.
“I think it is a day to bring happiness, to bring joy, for people to be together, enjoying their colors, and at the same time with showing all the respect for the people and their families.”