Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the commemorations.

Ole: Munich remains an important part of our history

Friday 05 February 2021 13:46

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated the importance of the Munich Air Disaster to the modern-day Manchester United.

Saturday marks 63 years since 23 people sadly lost their lives in the tragedy and Ole feels the significance of that date in our history is not lost on the current batch of first-team players.

Our Premier League encounter with Everton will be marked by a number of poignant tributes such as a minute’s silence and the laying of wreaths by both captains. More information on how we will remember the event can be found here.

Speaking during Friday’s pre-match press conference, Ole outlined how the spirit of those we lost in 1958 will never be forgotten by our fans, players and all those associated with the club.
“It’s only the fourth time it's played on the actual anniversary [in the Premier League era]. It’s important that we put on a fitting performance and hopefully we can honour them with a result,” he told journalists via video link.

“It's such an important part of our history and the spirit of the club. We have, of course, spoken to the players who have come in to the club, who’ve not been here and been part of this anniversary.

“It's a big day for everyone, it’s always been an emotional day for everyone. Hopefully we can put a team out that shows the Man United spirit. Of course, we have six or seven Academy graduates, so hopefully they’ll lead us on.”
The boss knows that picking up three points against the Toffees will be the perfect way to honour the memories of those we lost and Ole hopes to kick on from Tuesday’s 9-0 win over Southampton by recording another Old Trafford win this weekend.

“We just have to thrive, we don't have time to enjoy the games,” said Ole. “We have to make the right decisions and make sure we start right. Against Everton, we face a real challenge.

“Football is strange, it'll flick on a decision. The sending off [against Southampton] gave us the advantage in going to create that scoreline. Sometimes that's football. Football changes quickly so we just have to build on this.”