Manchester United beat Huddlesfield 2-0 on Saturday at Old Trafford, with Juan Mata dedicating the win to all the victims and families of the Munich air crash disaster back in 1958.
United’s victory at Old Trafford came three days before the 60th anniversary of the tragedy, which saw 23 people killed as the Red Devils returned from a European match.
Supporters in the stands paid their respects before this weekend’s game with a minutes silence in which you could hear a pin drop at Old Trafford, and Juan Mata was keen to pay his own personal tribute to those who sadly passed in the crash.
Speaking with reporters after the match, he said:
“Obviously it was a special game, a very sad memory”
“It was a thing that changed the history of the club and the club showed the passion and the energy that we all have in Manchester United.
“So, we pay respect to the victims and their families, and they will always be in our memories. It was a game to win for them and we did it.”
Alexis Sanchez got off the mark with his first goal since joining Manchester United after scoring at the second opportunity after having his penalty saved, while Romelu Lukaku also registered the first goal in the game and his 18th of the current season.