Mourinho, Ferguson join fans at 60th anniversary of Munich air disaster

Kenny Dalglish to represent Liverpool at Munich air disaster's 60th anniversary service

Kenny Dalglish to represent Liverpool at Munich air disaster's 60th anniversary service

United's current manager Jose Mourinho and captain Michael Carrick laid wreaths at the service which was also attended by Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, UEFA vice-president Fernando Gomes, Manchester City ambassador Mike Summerbee and Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish.

Manchester United fans have said it is "disrespectful" that memorial packs for the 60-year anniversary of the Munich air crash are being auctioned online.

The service included a minute's silence at 15:04, the time of the crash.

Munich Air Disaster memorial scarfs are sold outside Old Trafford football stadium on the 60th anniversary since the Munich air crash
Munich Air Disaster memorial scarfs are sold outside Old Trafford football stadium on the 60th anniversary since the Munich air crash

In all, eight Manchester United players lost their lives as a result of the crash.

Around 2,000 United fans are due to go to Munich for the anniversary.

Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg were among the survivors and both men attended Tuesday's emotional Old Trafford occasion, along with families of the players, staff, media and friends.

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The young team, nicknamed the Busby Babes, were on their way back from 3-3 draw away to Red Star Belgrade which was enough to send them into the semi-final of the European Cup.

Busby retired the following year, while Charlton - the club's record goal scorer until a certain Wayne Rooney overtook him not so long ago - stuck around until 1973, when he left for Preston North End.

"City simply said "#ACityUnited" while Liverpool's account read: "Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the Munich air disaster.

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Bayern Munich also paid their respect in a lengthy post, which began: "Exactly 60 years have passed since the Munich air disaster - the biggest tragedy in Manchester United's long history, but the memory of those lost lives on". I used to train with Queen's Park, so after I'd finished my work I went along to the training ground, but when I arrived, people were crying. Feguson told the Daily Star. "When the news broke, it was really sad because I'd followed United at that time because of Matt Busby".

It will be 60 years to the day since the tragedy that took the lives of United players Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Billy Whelan. He recalled the incident and the events after that have defined the club in subsquent years. It was a thing that changed the history of the club and the club showed the passion and energy that we all have in Manchester United.

"The Babes are what gives this club such a fantastic romance, in terms of how they played the game and how they generated this thread of youth throughout the club".

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