Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has paid his condolences on the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.
Thirty-eight people – including 11 Manchester United players and staff – died in the accident on February 6th 1958, when a plane carrying the United squad, journalists and more, crashed on it’s third attempt to take-off from Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany.
The victims were honoured at Old Trafford on Saturday, with players wearing black armbands and observing a minute’s silence ahead of United’s Premier League 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
Both sets of fans also received a commemorative pack containing a limited-edition book detailing the story of the disaster, a matchday programme and a letter from the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Following the game, Juan Mata took time to reflect on what was a difficult day at Old Trafford.
“I think it was a complete performance, one of those days when the game is under your control, and we managed to close it in time to add the three points.” the Spaniard started, writing his regular blog on the club’s official website.
“I hope we can do the same against Newcastle this coming weekend. We really enjoyed ourselves on the pitch, especially during the second half, and eventually we could dedicate the victory to the victims (and their families) of that fateful day in Munich.
“But 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. The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United’s history forever. The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those horrible moments have left an indelible mark forever.
“The “Flowers of Manchester” will always be with us. By the way, the minute of silence before our game was simply spectacular… it is because of this kind of thing that this club is so special.”