The tragedy that took place at Munich-Riem Airport on 6 February accounted for the lives of eight United players who formed part of young side known affectionately known as 'the Busby Babes.' The accident also took three of the club's coaching staff, eight journalists, a travel agent and a friend of former Manchester United coach, Sir Matt Busby.
Busby and Charlton's destiny was fulfilled 10 years later when the new-look Busby Babes, featuring George Best, lifted the European Cup, beating a Eusebio-inspired Benfica at Wembley Stadium.
On this, the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, the Bundesliga would like to commemorate the 23 lives that were lost on a dark day in 1958 when a plane carrying a young Manchester United team crashed while attempting take-off.
Bobby Charlton later described Edwards as: "The greatest player I have ever played with and possibly the most skilful I have ever seen".
In Munich, club ambassador Denis Irwin joined an estimated 3,000 United fans for a ceremony and a two-minute silence at the scene of the crash.
The team which won the 1948 FA Cup final was mature, there were no kids in there, but seven years later Matt and Jimmy Murphy had a formation of all these young players playing together.
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United played Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after the tragedy, winning 3-0.
Whelan didn't find the net in four appearances for Ireland, but has a bridge named after him in his native Cabra, unveiled by his rival for the United inside right position, Bobby Charlton, and appeared on an An Post stamp on the 50th anniversary of Munich.
The legacy of the Babes has endured down the years at United, with the club committed to giving youngsters a chance. "It is a very large part of Manchester United history but it's not all Manchester United", said Gregg, who helped pull survivors from the wreckage. "He was the only player who made me feel inadequate".
Thousands of people turned out for memorial ceremonies in Manchester and Munich on Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of the air disaster which killed eight of the Manchester United team of the day.
Not long after that, not only were you drawn to the fact that Matt Busby was manager, you were attracted to the fact that the Busby Babes were suddenly in the semi-finals of the European Cup against Real Madrid.
Vladica Popovic played for Red Star against United in 1958 and will be at the reception hosted in the same hotel that Busby and his side used 60 years ago.