The plane crashed on its third take-off attempt in icy weather, costing the lives of eight players and three members of the club's staff. Twenty-three people died in total. Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg are the only survivors out of the group of players who lived through the crash. "The day that is absolutely shown in red on this week's calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster," Spanish forward Juan Mata wrote in his blog on United's website.
Man Utd dominant in Europe? England kings of the world? How the Munich air disaster changed football as we know it.(By @krisvoakes)https://t.co/JnNFhZO5dQ — Goal (@goal) February 6, 2018
"The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United's history forever. The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those horrible moments have left an indelible mark forever." Marcus Rashford, who follows in United's proud tradition of blooding young, homegrown players, said he learned about the disaster as a young child. "It was when I was about seven or eight," the 20-year-old striker told United Review.
Sir Bobby Charlton has never shaken off the sense of guilt of surviving the Munich air disaster https://t.co/zcI3dKs8wJ— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) February 2, 2018
"There were already little things about it around (the club) at that age, but then you start to learn more about it, and when you got to 15 or 16, that was when (former academy coach) Paul McGuinness really started to bring it to our attention. "We used to watch a lot of the videos of games, especially from their FA Youth Cup runs, so we could see footage of what these players were like when they were young. It’s so close to home, it touches your heart and helps you understand it, even though you weren’t there."
60 Years On ❤ pic.twitter.com/ghuuuCGZYF— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) February 5, 2018
"I missed out on those players but I have spoken to people who did and they talk about Duncan Edwards," said Valentine, who sells a scarf with the words 'They shall never die' with the images of the eight who perished. Valentine says the fact around 2,000 United fans are due to go to Munich for the anniversary shows how important the events of February 1958 still are, even to the young. Kion Brown, who was at Old Trafford with his father and fellow diehard United fan Everton on the day of his ninth birthday last week, reflected how it resonates even with youngsters, even though little footage remains of the "Babes".
"I've never discussed the Munich with anyone""There was no counselling, players were expected to get on with it" "I couldn't cope" 60 years on #MUFC Busby Babe David Gaskell opens up about the loss of his friends during the air disaster. PODCAST ?: https://t.co/xxXQbdYIN7 pic.twitter.com/A0RcNq9Onz — BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) February 5, 2018