History 1971/72: Manchester Uniteds Best, Law and Charlton

Outside of Old Trafford a statue looks over the stadium of three figures that have epitomized what Man United Football club are all about.

They are a symbol of Manchester and are real legends of the game we know and love today.

Three players that need no introduction are George Best, Dennis Law and Bobby Charlton.

Man Utd have a history of great number 7’s. Brian Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ronaldo all lit up the stadium but Belfast’s Best is widely considered the greatest player in Utd’s history.

Playing 361 games and scoring 137 goals he was also instrumental for the team winning the European Cup for the first time.

Not far behnd is the North East’s Bobby Charlton who together with Manchester’ Nobby Stiles are the only English men to have lifted the world cup and European cup/Champions League.

Now Sir Bobby, he is a club legend and still working as an ambassador today. Playing 606 and scoring 199 goals. He also was England’s top scorer until Wayne Rooney took over the mantle.

Dennis Law, (The King) was a formidable goal scorer. Bought from Torino he lit up Old Trafford for many years. Only Wayne Rooney scored a similar amount in the same time span.

Manchester lads Carlo Satori and Tony Whelan would also feature in the squad.

Tony would go on to be only one of a handful of players to feature for both United and City. Still working at the club in a coaching capacity he is one of Manchester United’s most long serving staff members.

(Tony Whelan Man United Academy Coach)

Manchester United also have a history of fielding fantastic youth players which started with the Busby Babes and continues to this day.