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"I know there will be a Ryan Giggs Exhibition in the future when I will tell my son about my pleasure at witnessing this superstar's entire career. I am certain I will be talking in the same reverential tones as those who still hail George Best's genius and describe the thrill of watching him in the flesh."

- Adam Marshall, ManUtd.com

06/06/2014 10:04, Report by Adam Marshall
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Night of Reds legends

"George Best took the game to places it has never been before. Current-day players owe him a big debt."

So says David Sadler, who lived in digs with the Manchester United legend and ended up being part of the same European Cup-winning team in 1968. Sadler was joined by Paddy Crerand at the official opening of the new 'George Best - Icon' exhibition at the Old Trafford Museum and the MUTV pundit is in no doubt his old pal was the greatest player of all time.

Even Pele admitted it, as we were reminded on more than one occasion, although Paddy's revelation that the brilliant Brazilian wore size-four boots was perhaps a bigger shock.

Anybody fortunate enough to watch the Northern Irishman in his pomp will testify to his gifted genius and his lasting legacy is of a player who transcended sport and became a symbol for an entire era. The pioneer for the commercial cross-over that is taken for granted and oft-exploited these days.

Following the drive home from the launch of the exhibition, produced with assistance from the Best Chances charity, I watched the Life of Ryan documentary on ITV. Having discussed Best earlier in the evening, it was impossible not to recall the huge debate over whether the Welshman could become as great as the late winger when he first broke through at United.

It is clear Ryan Giggs embodies everything about Manchester United. You get the impression if you cut him open, he would have MUFC stamped through him like a stick of rock. I must admit the realisation that I was almost certainly watching him play competitively for the last time, against Hull City last month, hit me hard.

Seeing him warm up in preparation for a final substitute appearance while continually observing the action like a manager was the most surreal of experiences. It was almost like one of the Doctor Who regenerations where the future was fighting to get out of the present.

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