The new episode of our One Love MUTV Originals series is a moving insight into the way the MMMF goes about its work: without fanfare, with humility, and with a respect and passion for the traditions of Manchester United always central.
More than any other team, the Busby Babes set the all-time standards for this football club: to play without fear, with pace and panache; to take on the rest of England and Europe without ever contemplating a step back.
Sometimes, players and fans can veer away from that, distracted by the soap-opera-like circus that is modern-day football. But the example and the history is always available, reminding us of the way forward.
The MMMF knows that better than anyone, and their important work means that the Babes’ legacy continues to have a big impact in the 21st century. Keep the Red Flag Flying High, indeed.
The second episode of our One Love series, ‘Keep the Red Flag Flying High’, is available across our platforms now.
Much-decorated keeper Manuel Neuer is on the way back from a broken leg, while Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel has stressed that Joshua Kimmich’s substitution against Bayer Leverkusen was a precaution.
“Joshua had an inflamed tendon and we didn’t want to take any risk with him,” said Tuchel. “The medical team clearly said he could only play 60 minutes and that’s why we brought him off in the 60th minute.”
Tuchel is suspended, though, for the game and will not be on the touchline in Bavaria. Assistant coaches Zsolt Low and Anthony Barry will be on the sidelines instead for the clash.
United: Earps; George, Turner, Le Tissier, Blundell (Evans 70); Ladd (Irene 70), Zelem (Naalsund 70), Toone (Watson 70); Parris, Geyse (Miyazawa 70), Garcia.
Unused substitutes: Middleton-Patel, Tullis-Joyce.
Goal: Garcia 26.
Tottenham: Spencer (Votikova 60); Bartrip, Bizet (Ayane 60), Summanen, Neville (Ale 60); James, Ahtinen (Percival 60), Clinton, Spence (Graham 68); Buhler, Thomas (Naz 68).
Unused substitutes: Zardorsky, Pearle, Heeps.
Its focus? The Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation (MMMF) – a charity founded in 2017 by a humble group of predominantly local United fans.
Put simply, the MMMF is all about the Busby Babes and the Munich Air Disaster. 6 February 1958: the most important day in Manchester United’s history.
As former chairman Pat Burns explains, towards the end of the film: “Just 75 yards there, to my left, our greatest-ever football team perished. From that, we ceased to be a football club; we became a global institution. It’s the reason thousands and thousands of us became Manchester United fans.”
The MMMF’s mission is to ensure that is never forgotten; to ensure the Babes’ legacy is preserved for future generations; to ensure that the love for them that endures all over the world is turned into something that has a positive impact. Right here, right now.
Collette Roche, chair of Manchester United Foundation and chief operating officer of Manchester United, writes in the report: “The reason I value our Season Review is because it gives everyone interested and involved in Manchester United Foundation the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of the last 12 months.
“Quite simply, it’s been a record-breaking year. One that has seen a 29 percent increment in delivery, resulting in over 30,000 sessions being delivered to children and young people across Greater Manchester and beyond. This has resulted in participant aggregate attendances reaching just short of half a million.
“We now look forward and make plans for the season ahead. Once again, and with your support, I’m confident we’ll be breaking more records.”