London, May 22 : Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has dedicated team's dramatic Champions League triumph to the memory of the five survivors of the 1958 squad.
The Reds won a nail biting penalty shootout 6-5, with Chelsea skipper John Terry missing a spot-kick that would have taken the cup to London.
Five of the original Busby Babes were present at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, giving emotional support to the current Manchester United team, as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of an air crash that claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight ace Manchester United players.
Sir Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Harry Gregg, Albert Scanlon and Kenny Morgans have all been given VIP treatment by United.
Instead an emotional Charlton led the United team up the steps at the Luzhniki Stadium to receive the trophy.
He was one of five players who survived Munich watching in the stadium last night.
Ferguson, who also guided United to Euro glory in 1999, admitted: "It was such an emotional occasion. I said the day before the game we would not let the memory of the Busby Babes down."
"And fate played its hand even in John Terry slipping. We had a cause and people with causes become difficult people to play against. I think fate was playing its hand today," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
Ferguson said he was proud to have been involved in such a dramatic all-English final.
Story first published: Thursday, May 22, 2008, 11:13 [IST]
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