Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law expressed their pride at being immortalised alongside George Best in a statue commemorating the ‘United Trinity’.
The bronze statue was unveiled outside Old Trafford’s East Stand on Thursday 29 May, forty years to the day since the Reds’ European Cup triumph at Wembley in 1968, and commemorates arguably the finest attacking trio ever to play together.
At the unveiling ceremony, Sir Bobby modestly described the statue by award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson as “the most fantastic compliment” to be placed in such illustrious company.
“We’re all part of a wonderful club,” he told a three-hundred-strong audience, including eight members of the ’68 side. “Over the years there have been many fantastic players here, but it's one of the greatest things that has happened to me to be put alongside George Best and Denis Law. It’s the most fantastic compliment anyone has ever paid to me.”
Law, who actually missed the 4-1 victory over Benfica at Wembley through injury, added: “To have a wonderful statue erected at probably the most famous club in the world (Sir Bobby interjects: “Certainly the most famous club in the world!”) really is a tremendous honour.
“The only tragedy is that George isn’t here, although I’m sure he will be looking down and will feel proud at
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Denis Law - "Quite rightly called ‘The King’. Fantastic in the air, fearless and always with an eye for the spectacular with his overhead kicks."
Bobby Charlton - "Wherever you go in the world, mention England and Manchester United and people think of Bobby. He’s a great ambassador. On the field he painted pictures with his wonderful cross-field passes, and he had a thunderous shot."
George Best - "A genius. I always remember him playing in front of the Stretford End, chipping his international team-mate Pat Jennings with a wonderful lob, and the six goals against he got against Northampton."