Maguire honoured to pay respects

Wednesday 08 June 2022 10:59

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was determined to visit the memorial of the Munich Air Disaster at Manchesterplatz during his stay in Germany with the England team.

The centre-back, who helped his side earn a 1-1 draw with the hosts in the Allianz Arena, took time to travel to the site beforehand and spent around half an hour there on Monday evening.

"It was an honour to visit the Manchester United Memorial at Manchesterplatz to pay my respects to the 23 people, including eight Busby Babes, whose lives were lost in the Munich Air Disaster," he posted on social media.

Harry Maguire takes time to remember those who lost their lives at Munich.

The tragedy in 1958, after Matt Busby's side had played a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, remains a devastating chapter in United's history that will never be forgotten.

Maguire, as captain, always leads on the tributes around the anniversary, on 6 February, and, ever since joining from Leicester City in 2019, has been keen to study and learn more about an event that has had such a profound impact on the club.

Maguire played the full match as Gareth Southgate's side scored a late equaliser, through Harry Kane's penalty. Jonas Hofmann had given Germany the lead in an absorbing UEFA Nations League contest.

The 1-1 draw follows a 1-0 loss in Hungary at the weekend, with Italy next up for the Three Lions at Molineux on Saturday, presenting a chance to avenge the penalty shoot-out defeat to the Azzurri in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley last year.

The Manchesterplatz site is a permanent tribute to the terrible event in 1958.

England also face Hungary on Tuesday (19:45 BST kick-off) before Maguire and his international colleagues will be granted a well-earned break. Italy defeated Hungary 2-1 in the other group game, with all still to play for in the competition.

The 29-year-old must then be looking forward to working with new Reds boss Erik ten Hag at Carrington and heading off on tour with the rest of the squad next month.

Harry Maguire applauds the fans at the Allianz Arena.

Maguire also thanked the travelling fans for their support inside Bayern Munich's home as he racked up his 44th cap for his country.

The defender has scored seven goals at international level and troubled Manuel Neuer on a couple of occasions from set-pieces. He will be looking to help England go far in the World Cup finals, in Qatar, later this year after being a regular under Southgate and a key pillar of the side that has performed so well in the last two major tournaments.