Man United fans pay tribute to George Best

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United fans flocked to Old Trafford this week to pay tributes to one of their greatest ever players in George Best.

Best passed away nine years ago on Tuesday at the age of 59 after a long battle with alcoholism and every year since, supporters gather outside the stadium to lay flowers, scarves and shirts in tribute to United’s former star.

Old United shirts from Best’s era, Northern Ireland shirts and flags with personal written tributes on them could be seen hanging from the gates around Old Trafford on Tuesday night giving a true sense of how important Best was in United’s history and the impact his death still has on everyone affiliated with the club.

Tributes could also be seen from Manchester City fans as Manchester came together to remember a true footballing great.

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Best made his United debut in 1963 aged just 17 and went on to make almost 500 appearances and score 181 goals in all competitions for the club. Best once scored six goals in a single FA Cup game against Northampton Town and would also make 37 appearances for the Northern Ireland national team.

The electric winger regularly hit double figures for a league season with United and thrived in an attack alongside other club legends such as Denis Law and Bobby Charlton. The pinnacle of his Old Trafford career came in 1968 when he scored one of the goals that secured the club its first European Cup.

He will always be remembered as one of the best players to have ever graced the turf at Old Trafford.


Image: twitter.com/fulltimedevils

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