Reds legend reaches 70
Fans of all ages are familiar with the pundit Paddy Crerand, 70 today. But what about the player? We asked his old team-mate David Sadler to recall the great Scot's career...
When I arrived [in 1963], the rebuilding after Munich was in hand. One or two players had come in fairly quickly after the crash, but it really started with the signings of people like Noel Cantwell, Denis Law and Paddy Crerand. I was fortunate we had such good senior people – I was awestruck.
I’d just arrived in Manchester when I went to watch the team at Wembley in 1963. It was a great game and arguably the day United became a force again. Fortunately I got into the team fairly quickly, although I didn’t make much of an impact until later. A few of us who’d come through as youngsters were very fortunate to have had the benefit of playing alongside top pros like Paddy.
The more I played and got to know about the game, the more I realised what an outstanding player he was: he could put a ball on a sixpence from 30 or 40 yards. To be able to see passes like he could was just incredible. He had a fantastic football brain. If he lacked pace - and he was slower than he looked! - he didn’t lack speed of thought.