MANCHESTER UNITED’S stars past and present united to honour those who perished in the Munich air disaster.
The Red Devils fixture against Everton is only the fourth time the club have actually played on the anniversary of the tragedy that killed 23, including eight of the Busby Babes.
Manchester United are commemorating the anniversary of the Munich air disaster (Picture from 2018)Credit: AFP or licensors
There will be a minute’s silence before the Old Trafford clash with both sides set to wear black armbands during the match.
United are also organising a memorial service that will be streamed live on the club’s YouTube channel from 14:55 this afternoon.
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Gary Neville shared The Spinners tribute song ‘Flowers of Manchester’ while Rio Ferdinand wrote: “Always remembered. Never forgotten.”
United skipper Harry Maguire posted: “We will remember them always”, while Jesse Lingard added: “Always remembered. Never forgotten.”
And the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool both posted their respects as well.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had called on his players to put in an assured performance against Everton to best remeber the tragedy.
The United boss said: “It’s only the fourth time the game is played on the actual anniversary.
“And it’s important we put on a fitting performance and hopefully we can honour them with the result.”
It’s such an important part of the history of our club and we have spoken to the players who come into the club, who’ve not been here, and are part of this anniversary
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer says new players are always educated about the disaster and the importance of the anniversary each year.
He added: “It’s such an important part of the history of our club and we have spoken to the players who come into the club, who’ve not been here, and are part of this anniversary.
“It’s a big day for everyone and has always been an emotional one.
“Hopefully we can put a team out that shows the Manchester United spirit.”
Edinson Cavani revealed he didn’t need to be educated about the historic event as he hailed the impact of wearing the United strip.
He said: “I’ve always known about the history of what happened.
“Today it’s my turn to be at this club, and to wear this shirt with pride, just as those players were also part of the club at that time.”