Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for Manchester United as the Red Devils paid tribute to the Munich air disaster victims with a 2-0 Premier League win against Huddersfield at Old Trafford.
Romelu Lukaku scored United’s opener with a well-taken volley 55 minutes into the game after Huddersfield kept the Red Devils at bay in the first half, while Sanchez got off the mark for his new club with a touch of fortune.
Sanchez saw his 68th-minute penalty saved by Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, but the Chile forward was quickest to react to tap home and make the game safe on a poignant day for United.
February 6th marks the 60th anniversary of the Munich air tragedy, which saw 23 people – including 11 United players and staff – lose their lives as they returned from a European Cup tie at Red Star Belgrade.
It is customary for the club to pay tribute at the home game closest to the anniversary, with today’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield the one.
Fans congregated outside the Munich plaque from 1.30pm for an annual event consisting of readings, prayers and a rendition of ‘the Flowers of Manchester’, while players wore black armbands and held a minute’s silence before kick-off.
And United ensured a difficult day ended with three points following a much-improved second-half display.