A MEMORIAL service was held to mark the 60th anniversary since the Munich air disaster.

Fans, players and staff took part in the service held at Old Trafford, remembering the 23 people who lost their lives when the plane they were travelling in crashed on the airfield in terrible conditions.

The plane was carrying the Manchester United team, nicknamed the Busby Babes, who were returning from a European Cup tie at Red Star Belgrade.

Former managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho were in the stands paying their respects with vice-chairman Ed Woodward who gave a reading during the service.

They were joined by players and 4,500 fans who took the opportunity to pay their respects.

A minute's silence was held at 3.04pm, the time of the crash and the roll of honour, naming every person killed in the crash was read out.

The list included eight Manchester United players, six staff, eight journalists and two other passengers, one a United fan and friend of Matt Busby, the other a travel agent.

Manchester United Foundation Youth Choir closed the service, singing The Lord is My Shepherd.

Across the Channel in Munich a similar service took place and some fans made the journey specially to mark the 60 years.