Poignant ceremonies mark 60th anniversary of Munich air crash

Lingard apologises over 'totally unacceptable' tweet during Munich memorial service

Manchester United fans paid tribute to the victims of the Munich air disaster in the largest ever commemoration of the tragedy on its 60th anniversary.

Prior to their arrival in Munich, Manchester United had been in Belgrade, where they played out a 3-3 draw in the second leg of their European Cup quarter-final against Red Star that ensured passage through to the tournament's semi-finals.

Manchester United and the footballing world will stand in solidarity on the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster this Tuesday.

This insatiable appetite for playing the game was highlighted in 1955 when Edwards was called up for national service, and along with Bobby Charlton played for the army side while also turning out for Manchester United at weekends; appearing in around 100 matches for United, the army and England that season.

The pictures are from Manchester United " s 3-1 win away to Burnley in April 1957, a mere 10 months before the tragedy of Munich.

But just three minutes after a minute's silence was held during the service, a tweet was sent from his account in reply to a question over when he and team-mate Marcus Rashford were going to play Federation Internationale de Football Association 18. Today we remember and pay our respects to all those we sadly lost.

It is hoped as many as eight of the players who lined up through the schoolboy ranks with him will be there. "The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those frightful moments have left an indelible mark forever".

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The former United boss said: "On the day of the Munich Air Disaster, I was in the library studying for my exams".

But McGuinness, who at the tender age of 31 was handed the unenviable task of managing United after Busby stepped down, says it is a shame that the Busby Babes are lost in time.

"While I was Manchester United manager, the "Babes" were always a reference point for us, in terms of having belief and trust in what young players can do and building a loyalty base from there".

"Really, the players who died, they made United", adds McGuinness, who was on the United coaching staff when they won the European Cup and later managed the club.

"We used to watch a lot of videos of their games, especially from their FA Youth Cup runs, so we could see footage of what these players were like when they were young".

"The spirit of the club is created by all these young players, and that began back then", he said.

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