Munich Air Disaster: Solskjaer reflects on the darkest day in Manchester United’s history

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Wednesday (06.02.2019) marks the 61st anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.

Exactly on 6 February 1958, Manchester United lost 23 people on their return flight after a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade. The Red Devils lost 8 players while 3 club executives suffered life-threatening injuries.

United fans paid tribute to their fallen heroes before kick-off against Burnley on 29 January. However, another official gathering is scheduled today (from 2:40pm GMT) under the Munich memorial plaque at Old Trafford.

Caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer, reflected on this afternoon’s event.

‘It’s an important day for Manchester United and the football world—a big part of history…It’s a day that will live in our memories forever.

‘Many years have passed since the fatal accident…The club has new supporters coming through. They must learn about it and the history behind it.’

The former United player revealed his dad was only 14 years old when the air disaster happened.

‘He told me a lot about it—how he learned of the incident back home in Norway—watching it on the colorless TV screens…It’s such a sad day in Manchester United’s history, but it’s a day we will never forget.’

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