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Best's first season

“Burnley’s left-back Alex Elder was a good player, but George destroyed him that day,” said Paddy Crerand. “I actually felt sorry for Alex. It was total annihilation. George was magnificent - from then on, United couldn’t leave him out.”

In April 1964, Best was recalled to the youth team and inspired them to beat Swindon Town in the FA Youth Cup final, drawing 1-1 at the County Ground, before winning 4-1 in front of over 25,000 fans at Old Trafford.

By the end of his debut season, 1963/64, George had established himself as a first-team regular, he had made his international debut for Northern Ireland and he had won the FA Youth Cup: more than enough to convince his dad to finally forget that printing job.

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