Wed. Feb 24th, 2021

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Solskjaer’s message to Manchester United players ahead of Munich anniversary

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United players to produce a fitting performance to commemorate the anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

United host Everton on Saturday night 63 years on from the tragedy that decimated the Busby Babes, killing 23 people who were on board the flight back to Manchester after a European Cup quarter-final second leg win over Red Star Belgrade.

Eight United players died in Munich and, of the survivors, Sir Bobby Charlton is the only player still alive after Harry Gregg passed away last year.

Solskjaer was at the club as a player and then a coach for the moving 40th and 50th anniversary commemorations and hopes the academy graduates at the club play a central role against Everton.

“It’s only the fourth time the game is played on the actual anniversary and it’s important that we put on a fitting performance and hopefully we can honour them with the result,” Solskjaer said.

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“It’s such an important part of our history and the spirit of the club. We have spoken to the players who come into the club, who’ve not been here and are part of this anniversary.

“It’s a big day for everyone and it has always been an emotional day for everyone. Hopefully we can put the team out that shows the Man United spirit. We have six or seven of the academy graduates and hopefully they’ll lead us on.”

United are likely to name the academy-developed Dean Henderson, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in their matchday squad.

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