In a poignant echo of the treacherous conditions that prevailed that day, heavy snow fell at United's Old Trafford ground as Sir Bobby Charlton, 80, and Harry Gregg, 85, - players who both survived the crash - joined the club's current first team, manager Jose Mourinho and thousands of fans in a tribute to the victims.
The ceremony, led by club chaplain Rev John Boyers, saw Old Trafford fall silent at 3.04pm, before musician Pete Martin's rendition of The Flowers of Manchester.
"I missed out on those players but I have spoken to people who did and they talk about Duncan Edwards", said Valentine, who sells a scarf with the words "They shall never die" with the images of the eight who perished. It was tough but a pleasure to be part of it and as I said I thought it was very fitting.
Around 2,000 fans gathered in Germany for a fan-organised ceremony attended by club ambassador Denis Irwin and senior United executives.
Harold Hardman, United's chairman at the time of Munich, vowed: "We will rise again".
United held a minute's silence before their Premier League win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday in memory of the 23, who died when the plane transporting them back to England crashed after attempting to take off from Munich-Riem Airport in bad weather.
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Ferguson, just 16 years old at the time of the Munich crash, told MUTV: "I'd gone to the library straight from school swatting for an exam and I was training with the local junior team".
"You still sing about Sir Matt Busby and about playing football 'the Busby way.' We have a duty to keep that spirit alive and keep making you proud to support this team".
"The day that is absolutely shown in red on this week's calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster", Spanish forward Juan Mata wrote in his blog on United's website.
British Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to those killed and injured at Munich during a speech in Manchester on Tuesday. "Sixty years ago today, the Munich air disaster claimed the lives of 23 people, with many more suffering life-changing injuries".