Manchester United has been granted permission to play in non-sponsored shirts, numbered one to 11 in honour of the Munich air crash victims, when it hosts Manchester City Feb. 10. The Premiership game is the nearest to the actual 50th anniversary of Feb. 6, 1958, when 23 passengers, including eight players, lost their lives in a tragic aeroplane crash. The plane was returning from a European Cup tie with Red Star Belgrade and crashed on take-off after a refuelling stop in Munich.
Shirt manufacturer Nike and sponsor AIG have agreed to the move, with club officials also confirming United’s in-house TV station MUTV will be free-to-air the day of the derby match. Fans will have free access to a wide-ranging number of documentaries, with the station carrying no advertisements.
The cynic inside us thinks its just another chance to sell another shirt, but hopefully this is a genuine attempt by the club to honour some greats.