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The likes of Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson were seen at the memorial, among Jose Mourinho and numerous United players.

Gregg and Sir Bobby Charlton are the only survivors from 1958 who are still alive and the emotion was etched large on their faces, a reminder of the mental scars that persist, at a touching memorial service to commemorate the 60 anniversary of the tragedy at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Brunton Park was chosen as the set for Old Trafford because of its terraces, which make it resemble the Manchester club's ground as it was during the 1950s.

It is sixty years since the infamous crash that took place in Munich, where several members of the Manchester United football team lost their lives.

"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".

"Matt never spoke to me about Munich, but he spoke about Duncan Edwards, David Pegg, Eddie Colman and all the boys who passed away", Ferguson is quoted by the official United site as saying.

'I was unaware as I was attending the service at the time, and don't condone the post or the timing in anyway (sic).

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Manager Matt Busby's side were English champions and had reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and had defied the English FA to enter the European Cup, a newly created tournament between teams on the continent.

Two of the club's former defenders, Ronny Johnsen and Gary Neville, also reflected on the tragedy, with the latter posting a video of Tracey Malone singing "The Flowers of Manchester".

"The day that is absolutely shown in red on this week's calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster", Spanish forward Juan Mata wrote in his blog on United's website.

"The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United's history forever". Our thoughts are with those affected by the disaster.

The Munich air crash that cruelly cut down Manchester United's "Busby Babes" in their prime has enormous significance for the club's players and fans even 60 years on from that fateful day. "Sixty years ago today, the Munich air disaster claimed the lives of 23 people, with many more suffering life-changing injuries".

"It was a really emotional time for anyone who was a football fan at that time".


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