Ten Hag respects Busby Babes' legacy

Monday 06 February 2023 09:55

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United's attacking ethos, and faith in youth, is part of the legacy created by the brilliant Busby Babes.

On the 65th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, a tragedy that killed 23 people, including eight United players, the Reds manager will be thinking of those who lost their lives but had a profound effect on the club.

As the current team has the same principles on how to play the game, it is clear the spirit of that great 1958 side remains, and they will be forever remembered by everybody at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag: We have to keep remembering Video

Ten Hag: We have to keep remembering

The manager explains why, 65 years on, it's important to commemorate those tragically lost in the Munich Air Disaster...

"I think it’s really important because it tells a legacy for Manchester United," Ten Hag told club media. "It tells something about, of course, the remembrance for people who fell away, who died too early.

"We have to remember that every year but also it was a legacy for a commitment to attacking football. I think this is still in the club, still the players are getting here [in] their careers but also we still are playing with the approach from that time.

"That is something we have to keep remembering and it’s good that we do that again on Monday (today)."

Sir Matt Busby's success was built on youth and the Academy is at the heart of the club today, with Ten Hag already entrusting younger players in his first-team squad.

"For every football club, it should be a big issue, the Academy," he continued. "You have to also there set the high standards about constructing players and giving the players the opportunity to get a great football career.

"Not only that but also, as a club, we have a responsibility to create personalities. It’s great that legacy is still a big motivation and inspiration to fulfil that."

Watch our live stream of the Munich service from 14:30 GMT on the United App and ManUtd.com.