A ceremony to mark the players who lost their life in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster was held in Belgrade on Thursday morning.

The event was held at the Partizan Stadium ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League fixture against FK Partizan.

United have only returned to Belgrade twice since the disaster and it is a return to the stadiumĀ  where the ‘Busby Babes’ played their last game before that horrible night.

Representatives from the club and the Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation, gathered in the centre circle to commemorate those who lost their lives.

Club legends Bryan Robson and Mickey Thomas were there to honour the fallen and they laid down a wreath to remember players such as Duncan Edwards who were killed in the disaster.

“It was incredibly important to come here and mark the occasion.

As soon as the draw happened, our attention turned to wanting to remember those who lost their lives in 1958,” said Ed Woodward, Manchester United executive vice-chairman.

“This was the last place, on this very ground, against Red Star Belgrade, when they played as a team together before they got on that fateful plane to stop over in Munich and tragedy struck.

“So for us as a club, there is a game tonight but for us the trip is also important for remembering those who lost their lives and paying respects, which we have just done by laying the wreath.”