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Busby Babe Morgans on Moscow road

Kenny Morgans (third from right)
Morgans says that United will secure the double in Moscow

Wales' Kenny Morgans says he is thrilled by Manchester United's invite to take the surviving Busby Babes to Moscow for the Champions League final.

The Swansea man, just 18 at the time of the Munich air disaster in 1958, will fly to the Russian capital on Tuesday to watch his old club take on Chelsea.

"I was very surprised when I got the news, but the club have treated us so well for the last 50 years," he said.

"My wife and I packed our bags quickly, it's going to be outstanding."

United decided to take the surviving Babes to the Luzhniki Stadium to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster.

606 DEBATE
The club say that winning Wednesday's game would be the perfect tribute to their lost generation who were denied that chance.

Eight of the club's players and 15 other passengers were claimed by the disaster on 6 February, 1958, when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take-off after stopping in Munich to refuel.

United were on their way back from a match against Red Star Belgrade, where Matt Busby's young team had secured a place in the semi-finals of the European Cup with a 3-3 draw.

Morgans believes that his lost team could have gone on to be the "best side in the world", but he has high praise for the United class of 2008.

"They're absolutely brilliant, you can name Ronaldo, Rooney, Scholes... you could go through the entire team," said Morgans, who joined Busby's youth revolution at Old Trafford on leaving school in the summer of 1955 after being spotted playing for the Welsh Schoolboys side.

"Ryan Giggs will break Bobby Charlton's appearance record if he plays on Wednesday and he has just been a fantastic player, you never hear a bad thing about him.

"I think that United have to be favourites and that they will be coming home with the double."


see also
Ferguson turns sights to Europe
12 May 08 |  Man Utd
Busby Babe remembers
30 Jan 08 |  Welsh
Fans respect silence for Munich
10 Feb 08 |  Man Utd
No 2 who kept United flag flying
07 Feb 08 |  South east
Busby babe passes away
02 Mar 01 |  Wales
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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