FOOTBALL NEWS

29/05/2008 12:28, Report by Nick Coppack

United's Trinity tribute

A statue of United's 'Holy Trinity' – Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law – has been unveiled at Old Trafford today.


Forty years to the day since the Reds lifted the European Cup for the first time, the statue, which stands opposite the one of Sir Matt Busby at the front of the stadium, was revealed in a midday ceremony (shown live on MUTV).

Most of the surviving members of the 1968 squad attended the event, which paid tribute to what was arguably the finest attacking trio to ever play together. Video footage from the era was shown on big screens before and between the speeches made by Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Sir Alex Ferguson, David Gill, Wilf McGuinness and the award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson.

Charlton, Best and Law scored 665 goals between them for United, and, between 1964 and 1968, all won the coveted European Footballer of the Year award.

Now their legacy will forever be remembered by fans who visit the home of Manchester United.

MUTV coverage

In recognition of the 40 years since United’s first European Cup success, MUTV have dedicated Thursday 29 May to looking back on this glorious achievement.

Highlights:

09:30 – Utd v Benfica, 1968 final
12:00 – LIVE unveiling of the United Trinity statue
16:30 – Sir Bobby Charlton interview
16:45 – Nobby Stiles interview
18:00 – Road to Wembley (Part 1)
18:30 – Kings Of Europe LIVE
19:30 – Road to Wembley (Part 2)
20:00 – Creating the Trinity statue
20:30 – Road to Wembley (Part 3)
21:00 – Sir Jimmy Savile’s season of glory
22:00 – Utd v Benfica, 1968 final

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