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Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster. 

The supporters congregated outside the stadium for a fan-led service underneath the Munich memorial plaque from 12:00 – 12:30 GMT. 

The fans were pictured wearing commemorative scarfs that read: 'Forever remembered. The 'busy babes' as the stood outside in the cold. 

The Man United fans were also seen holding onto an event brochure, that featured a picture of the 1958 Red Devils. 

The brochure also contained the order of service, which included poems, songs, and readings before a two-minute silence. 

Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster

Manchester United fans gathered outside Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to pay their respect to the 23 people that passed away in the Munich air disaster

The supporters congregated outside the stadium for a fan-led service underneath the Munich memorial plaque from 12:00 – 12:30 GMT

The supporters congregated outside the stadium for a fan-led service underneath the Munich memorial plaque from 12:00 – 12:30 GMT

The fans were pictured wearing commemorative scarfs that read: 'Forever remembered. The busy babes' as the stood outside in the cold

The fans were pictured wearing commemorative scarfs that read: 'Forever remembered. The busy babes' as the stood outside in the cold

The service took place ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford this afternoon. 

Sunday's clash with West Ham is the closest fixture to the 66th anniversary of the Munich air disaster on February 6, which claimed 23 lives, including eight players.

It is also the first time Manchester United and their fans have commemorated the incident since Sir Bobby Charlton, who was injured in the crash, died. 

Therefore, this year's anniversary will be the first without any living survivors from that devastating day in Munich on 6 February 1958.

Before and during this weekend's men's, women's and Academy team games, United's players, staff, and fans have paid respect to the people who lost their lives. 

The incident in 1958 saw an airliner carrying players and backroom staff of United, plus a number of journalists and fans, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport. 

United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling. Twenty-three of the forty-four passengers on board

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