Busby had lived to see United’s 26-year title wait ended by a side playing with the verve and enjoyment so inherent in his Babes, guided by a man who would latterly crystallise the club’s position among the very biggest sporting institutions around.
Sir Matt’s standing is, to this day, embodied perfectly in his bronze statue outside Old Trafford’s East Stand. As Sir Alex Ferguson himself put it: “He was an incredible man and fantastic manager. He stood above everybody.”
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