Three Manchester United first-team players have participated in a new short film to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.
Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard linked up with the Manchester United Foundation, the charity arm of the club which was set up in 2007 as a legacy to the Busby Babes, for the project.
The players were joined by young people to recite a poignant poem, which was interspersed with emotive imagery of the Busby Babes and newspaper clippings from the tragic event.
The poem concludes with footage of a huge ‘We’ll Never Die’ banner being held aloft by fans in the Stretford End at Old Trafford.
The message is that the Busby Babes – United’s brilliant side of the 1950s, of which eight members were killed in the disaster – will ‘never die’ in the hearts and minds of the club and fans.
The young people involved are from the foundation’s powerchair football team, girls’ regional talent club and partner schools.
Lingard said: “As youth players, the history of the club is instilled in us and it’s really important that we learn and understand about what happened in 1958 – not just about the air disaster, but also what an amazing team the Busby Babes were and the legacy they left.
“All the players from the academy through to the first team understand the importance of us remembering the Munich air disaster and we were really happy to support the Foundation film, because like the young people in the film, we all support Manchester United and its history, so it was a nice way to pay our respects.”
The film is being released on YouTube and for download on Tuesday, the day of the anniversary and of a memorial service at Old Trafford.
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