Jesse Lingard apologises for 'totally unacceptable' tweet during Munich air disaster service

Jesse Lingard

United defender Chris Smalling described the Busby Babes as his "inspiration" while Ashley Young urged fans earlier in the day to remember those who had died.

It focuses how they turned tragedy into triumph and rebuilt the club.

"There's old supporters out here, young one's who weren't even born, to come all this way out to pay their respects".

Carlisle's Brunton Park was transformed into Old Trafford's "Theatre of Dreams" for the drama back in late 2010.

The memorial clock at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium marks the date and time of the crash.

'The post has now been deleted and I'd like to apologise for any upset caused, this is totally unacceptable and does not reflect my personality or views on this emotional duty'. But, the plane crashed on its third attempt to take off in inclement weather.

But Busby did talk to him about the eight Manchester United players - the "Busby Babes", as they were known - who lost their lives, along with 15 other people, in the tragedy.

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The 90-minute drama United first aired on BBC2 in April 2011.

Lingard attracted criticism from United fans for the tweet but later posted an apology.

Premier League clubs also posted memorial tweets, including United's rivals Arsenal.

Manager Matt Busby's side were English champions and had reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and had defied the English FA to enter the European Cup, a newly created tournament between teams on the continent. "We will never forget".

Eight journalists, the co-pilot, cabin steward, travel agent and a United supporter were also killed in a crash which only 21 survived. To build a football team through young people is the braver thing to do and actually it's the correct thing to do because once you've got a foundation then you can rely on that for years.

Lingard said: "As youth players, the history of the club is instilled in us and it's really important that we learn and understand about what happened in 1958 - not just about the air disaster, but also what an unbelievable team the Busby Babes were and the legacy they left".

Gregg has never liked talking much about the Munich air disaster and has always played down his role in the immediate aftermath of the crash when he pulled survivors from the wreckage of British European Airways Flight 609, the haunting if misplaced guilt perhaps of a reluctant hero.

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