Manchester United fans gather outside Old Trafford to mark the Munich air disaster and honour the 'legacy' of the Busby Babes... with Red Devils paying their respects on 66th anniversary ahead of West Ham clash

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Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster. 

The supporters congregated outside the stadium for a fan-led service underneath the Munich memorial plaque from 12:00 – 12:30 GMT. 

The fans were pictured wearing commemorative scarfs that read: 'Forever remembered. The 'busy babes' as the stood outside in the cold. 

The Man United fans were also seen holding onto an event brochure, that featured a picture of the 1958 Red Devils. 

The brochure also contained the order of service, which included poems, songs, and readings before a two-minute silence. 

Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster

Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster

Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster

The supporters congregated outside the stadium for a fan-led service underneath the Munich memorial plaque from 12:00 – 12:30 GMT

The supporters congregated outside the stadium for a fan-led service underneath the Munich memorial plaque from 12:00 – 12:30 GMT

The fans were pictured wearing commemorative scarfs that read: 'Forever remembered. The busy babes' as the stood outside in the cold

The fans were pictured wearing commemorative scarfs that read: 'Forever remembered. The busy babes' as the stood outside in the cold

The service took place ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford this afternoon. 

Sunday's clash with West Ham is the closest fixture to the 66th anniversary of the Munich air disaster on February 6, which claimed 23 lives, including eight players.

It is also the first time Manchester United and their fans have commemorated the incident since Sir Bobby Charlton, who was injured in the crash, died. 

Therefore, this year's anniversary will be the first without any living survivors from that devastating day in Munich on 6 February 1958.

Before and during this weekend's men's, women's and Academy team games, United's players, staff, and fans have paid respect to the people who lost their lives. 

The incident in 1958 saw an airliner carrying players and backroom staff of United, plus a number of journalists and fans, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport. 

United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling. Twenty-three of the forty-four passengers on board the aircraft lost their lives. 

60 year son from the disaster, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has pledged to keep the memory of the Busby Babes alive.

Speaking ahead of their game with West Ham, Fernandes said: 'We know the demands of playing for Manchester United. It's a legacy which is in the club.

The United fans were also seen holding onto an event brochure, that featured a picture of those that had died in the crash on the front

The United fans were also seen holding onto an event brochure, that featured a picture of those that had died in the crash on the front

The brochure also contained the order of service, which included poems, songs, and readings

The brochure also contained the order of service, which included poems, songs, and readings 

The service took place ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford this afternoon

The service took place ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford this afternoon

Sunday's clash with West Ham is the closest fixture to the 66th anniversary of the Munich air disaster on February 6, which claimed 23 lives, including eight players

Sunday's clash with West Ham is the closest fixture to the 66th anniversary of the Munich air disaster on February 6, which claimed 23 lives, including eight players

'It's a responsibility for everyone: managers, players, everyone involved in the staff to play in a certain way. But also to pay the most respect possible to those who have been at the club in the past.

'We want to pay our respects to those involved. They built the story of the club and, after that, even more. When bad things happen in your life you get tighter to those close to you.

'It's going to be 66 years since the disaster and everyone is aware what was built after that and the whole situation around the club before and after.

'We've been educated since we arrived at the club to be aware of what happened. I've been to the museum with family and friends so we can know more about the history of the club.

'When you go you see everything, I have family and friends who are passionate about the club and when they come here they like to come to the museum. Most people in Portugal are aware of how it was at that time with the Busby Babes.

'Everyone is aware when they come to the club - because every year we pay our respects to those lost in the disaster - what happened. It's a big part of the story of Manchester United.' 

While United manager, Ten Hag, said: 'Munich was a disaster for the club and how the club recovered from it, how individuals recovered from it. It was great from such a disaster to survive it and a couple of years later you're lifting the biggest trophy in European football, that is immense.

'We should always remember this, this is the legacy why Manchester United exist and what we should match as a club, as a team, as an individual.'

This year's anniversary will be the first without any living survivors from that devastating day in Munich on 6 February 1958

This year's anniversary will be the first without any living survivors from that devastating day in Munich on 6 February 1958

Before and during this weekend's men's, women's and Academy team games, United's players, staff, and fans have paid respect to the people who lost their lives

Before and during this weekend's men's, women's and Academy team games, United's players, staff, and fans have paid respect to the people who lost their lives

60 year son from the disaster, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has pledged to keep the memory of the Busby Babes alive

60 year son from the disaster, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has pledged to keep the memory of the Busby Babes alive

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