United delegation visits Manchesterplatz

Thursday 21 September 2023 14:30

A Manchester United delegation has visited Manchesterplatz to pay their respects to those who tragically lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster.

The darkest day in the club's history in 1958 is marked by the memorial and wreaths were laid by manager Erik ten Hag and assistant coach Steve McClaren.

Chief executive officer Richard Arnold and legendary former captain Bryan Robson were also in attendance, presenting another wreath on behalf of the club.

After playing in the 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, captain Bruno Fernandes and Rasmus Hojlund, one of the goalscorers, represented the players and shared in the moment of quiet reflection.

A number of club executives made the trip to the area including football director John Murtough and chief operating officer Collette Roche.

The fans were represented by lifelong supporter John Massey, who saw Sir Matt Busby's Babes play before the tragedy. A member of the Fans' Forum, he has attended games since 1955 and will obviously have been moved to be at the site.

Around 30 travelling Reds were there in total, as the warm sunshine continued in the Bavarian capital.

An Academy delegation made a separate trip to Manchesterplatz on Tuesday night, ahead of the Under-19s' UEFA Youth League opener against Bayern.

Nick Cox and Travis Binnion led the group, as learning about the Munich Air Disaster and the effect it had on the club has always been a key part of the education of our young footballers.

We would like to thank Bayern for their warm hospitality and continued respect of what happened 65 years ago.

The Bundesliga side's ambassador Raimond Aumann also attended on this occasion and the bond between the two clubs remains strong.