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Tennant touched by United drama

David Tennant has said he thinks the Munich air disaster in 1958 contributed to how Manchester United are today.

The former Doctor Who actor plays their legendary coach Jimmy Murphy in United, a BBC drama about the crash in which eight young players lost their lives.

The 40-year-old actor believes the crash had a profound affect on Manchester United, now a multi-million pound business boasting millions of fans across the globe.

He said: "I get the sense that what happened in Munich in 1958, how the team coped with it and how they came back from the brink, was possibly the beginning of Manchester United as the kind of world football team they are today.

"The way they conducted themselves and struggled back with such dignity and fight has inspired an international love for the team, and that is due in no small part to what Jimmy Murphy did."

The drama also stars Skins actor Jack O'Connell as a young Bobby Charlton and Any Human Heart's Sam Clafin as Duncan Edwards.

David said: "I'm not a football expert but I was completely bowled over by the incredible story and the journey that Manchester United went on.

"On a very basic level, it's a true story but it also looks at the arbitrary nature of fate, the capriciousness of life and the triumph of the human spirit."

:: United is a one-off drama airing on Easter Sunday on BBC2.

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