named European Footballer of the Year while at United, which says a lot. I did have a special affinity with Denis, not least because he was Scottish!
My best United memory
Firstly, there’s the day Matt Busby called me in and told me he wanted to sign me – it was the realisation of a dream. Then there’s the 1968 European Cup final because it was a very exciting experience but also very moving. It was the completion of something, coming 10 years after the crash.
I left United when…
I wasn’t in the first team very often, I made 27 appearances and I needed to get on with my career. It was still a big wrench, of course. Luton came in for myself and Don Givens, who had also played in the Reserves a lot, and we went down to see them. We both liked it and signed on together in 1970.
I returned to United when…
I left Luton in 1975 to play in America with Dallas. I stayed in America for eight years; when I came back, I took the Reserve team manager’s job at Luton Town. I had six very good years there and was promoted to manager in 1990. Like all managers, I got the sack after a couple of years! Out of the blue, maybe a month later [in 1991], I got a call from Sir Alex asking if I’d like to be interviewed for the Reserve team coach’s job at United.
Best players I’ve worked with
I’ve always liked the way Paul Scholes plays. There have been so many – David Beckham is a very skilful player, Nicky Butt was under-rated, but I like the Scholes type of footballer. It’s his brain that’s working, much more than his body.
What United means to me
In my village, a group of us all joined the Boys’ Brigade to play for the football team and we had a whip-round to buy new strips. Everyone else wanted Rangers strips, but the