It could hardly be more fitting. Fifty years after the Munich air disaster that killed 23 people and rocked a city, Manchester United stand on the brink of a European
triumph, something that means so much to the local people and to the club itself. Eight United players died in the crash in 1958, wiping out many footballers who experts believed could go on to dominate Europe for many years to come.
Fernando Torres scored his third goal in two games as Liverpool crushed Bolton Wanderers 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday to climb to third place in the English Premier League. The Spain striker scored the second of Liverpool's goals -- his 11th of the season -- after Sami Hyypia had headed them in front.
English champions Manchester United and Chelsea, the team they deposed, square off in a much-anticipated FA Cup Final on Saturday at the new Wembley Stadium, as both teams look to end their season on a domestic high having fallen agonisingly short in Europe.
Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the English Premiership to four points on Boxing Day as champions Chelsea, their nearest challengers, suffered a rare slip up at home. United cruised to a 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford while Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Reading at Stamford Bridge.
The summer transfer window does not close until the end of August, but despite some frenetic wheeling and dealing it will be the tried and trusted players that the big clubs rely on as they look to win the title. For a team with a billionaire owner, champions Chelsea have been relatively frugal this summer.