Manchester United commemorate 56th anniversary of Munich air disaster

Manchester United commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of eight players and 15 others.

Manchester United will turn their attention away from matters on the pitch to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the tragic Munich air disaster today.

Eight United players lost their lives in the crash that occurred in 1958 due to a failed take-off in icy conditions in Germany following the Red Devils' European Cup tie against Red Star in Belgrade.

According to the Manchester Evening News, club staff and fans will pay tribute to the 23 people that perished as a result of the crash by gathering under the Munich clock outside of the East Stand at Old Trafford today.

Along with the players, known as the 'Busby Babes', eight sports journalists and three members of staff at the North-West outfit died in the tragedy.

Plans are also believed to have been made to sing 'Flowers of Manchester' in memory of the players.

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