18/01/2014 09:00, Report by Nathan Thomas

Video: Trinity tribute

On a beautiful day at Old Trafford in May 2008, the great and the good of Manchester United were present to herald three of the most defining figures in the club's history - Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best.

With the then-current crop of players having recently brought home the Reds' third European Cup, the positive feeling around the ground was palpable as Sir Alex Ferguson joined David Gill in unveiling the ‘United Trinity’ statue. On the count of three, the pair pulled down the scarlet curtain to reveal a magnificent sculpture of the three football legends; a tribute that emphasises the immeasurable impact that each of them had on the club, poignantly placed directly opposite the effigy of the man who led them all to glory, Sir Matt Busby. The assembled crowd of supporters and former players applauded enthusiastically as the latest addition to the Old Trafford landscape was revealed.

Speaking to the crowd, Sir Bobby commented: “One of the greatest things to happen to me personally is being put alongside George Best and Denis Law as a trinity. It’s the most fantastic compliment anybody has paid to me.”

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