Solskjaer lays wreath on 63rd anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lays wreath outside Old Trafford to mark 63rd anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster ahead of Everton match

  • Manchester United have paid their respects to those who lost their lives in 1958
  • 23 people were killed, including eight players, in the tragic Munich Air Disaster 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laid a wreath at Old Trafford to mark the 63rd anniversary 
  • Solskjaer has urged his players to deliver a ‘fitting performance’ against Everton 

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid a poignant tribute on the 63rd anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster by laying a wreath outside Old Trafford.

Solskjaer was filmed paying his respects to the 23 people who tragically lost their lives on February 6, 1958. The club solemnly mark each anniversary of the crash and usually hold a yearly service at the stadium. 

Supporters were not able to attend this year, however, with Solskjaer undertaking the emotional gesture alone before holding a moment of silence.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid his respects on the 63rd anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster

United play Everton at 8pm today – and it is a rare occasion when the anniversary of the disaster coincides with a fixture.  

Solskjaer has urged his squad to deliver a ‘fitting performance’ in tribute to the fallen. 

‘It’s a big day for everyone and always an emotional one,’ he said. 

Manchester United boss Solskjaer placed a wreath at Old Trafford and held a moment’s silence

The club hold a yearly service to remember the 23 people who sadly lost their lives in the crash

‘It’s only the fourth time the game is played on the actual anniversary and it’s important we put on a fitting performance and hopefully we can honour them with the result.’ 

United Women manager Casey Stoney also laid a wreath of her own. 

Eight United players were among those killed when their plane crashed on take-off in Munich.

United’s players are seen above in their last team photo in Belgrade in 1958 before the disaster

The disaster happened while Sir Matt Busby’s team were travelling back from Belgrade after reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup.

Sir Bobby Charlton is now the only living member of the group of players who survived the crash.

A service for supporters typically takes place on each anniversary under the Munich clock outside Old Trafford.

This year, a pre-recorded service was shown instead, beginning at 2:55pm.  

At 3:04, the precise time of the disaster, another minute’s silence was undertaken.  

Another minute’s silence will be held before kick-off and both teams will also wear black armbands. The two captains will lay wreaths.

Harry Maguire, who will lead United out on Saturday evening, posted a touching tribute and wrote: ‘We will remember them always.’ 

Manchester City and Liverpool were among a large number of clubs to have also paid their respects this morning. 

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