On this day 1958: the Munich air disaster shatters Manchester United

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the accident which claimed 23 lives when a plane carrying Manchester United back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade crashed on take-off following a refuelling stop in Munich.

A stopped clock at Old Trafford pays permanent tribute to those who lost their lives in the Munich air tragedy. Credit: PA

"It was a fantastic group of young men who were destined to be great and that was the tragedy in how it was taken away from them."

– Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson remembers the impact of the Munich Air Disaster.

Wives and girlfriends of injured Man Utd players prepare to fly to Munich to be with their loved ones. Credit: PA