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Manchester United players to wear black armbands tonight

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As Manchester United face Middlesbrough in an FA Cup tie this Friday night, the club has confirmed that the players will wear black armbands as part of the remembrance of the Munich Air Disaster in which a bulk of the club’s players died in 1958.

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the incident. Prelude to tonight’s match, a two-minute silence will be held at 15:04 GMT, marking the time the plane crash occurred 64 years ago in Munich.

At the match, the Stretford End of the Old Trafford will have a giant banner, which will include the words: ‘We’ll never die’.

“This is our closest game to the anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster and, as is customary, the club will be marking the occasion ahead of kick-off,” Rangnick said.

 “I have always admired how this club pays tribute every year to such a major incident in its history.

“It is important that this tradition always continues because it is such a big part of the Manchester United story. I hope that we are also able to mark the occasion with an important victory this evening.”

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There will also be a fan-led ceremony at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony will begin at 14:40 GMT and will consist of poems and songs. The names of all those who lost their lives in the tragedy will then be read out prior to a two-minute silence.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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