Monday marks the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster and during Friday’s press conference Jose Mourinho wore a badge in memory of the tragedy.
The manager has revealed that Munich has always been something that he has been aware of but it obviously has greater meaning to him now that he is a part of Manchester United.
I think it should affect [the players] in a positive way. If we believe they are watching the match I think it’s one more reason for a happy day and for a good performance and a manifestation of United colours. So yes, of course a minute of silence for them and for the families, but I think they would love happiness, joy, a Manchester United victory, points, goals… I think they would love that.
Even before I became Manchester United manager it was part of my life as a sportsman. Obviously I wasn’t even born but I knew everything about it and the amazing reaction Manchester United had after that and to honour the people’s memory always. So as Manchester United manager it obviously becomes more important and for me and for every player tomorrow is a special day.
It’s one of the biggest tragedies but also, at the same time, it’s a crucial point in Manchester United’s history – the reaction, the strength, the union after that situation.
I think tomorrow is an amazing day to show the respect, to show the passion for the club, the respect for them [the victims], the respect for their families and I think it’s a day to play well. I think it’s a day to bring happiness, to bring joy, for people to be together enjoying the game and at the same time showing all the respect for the people and their families.