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Biography

“If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pelé.” Many a true word is spoken in jest, and few would argue George Best was the most naturally gifted footballer Britain has produced.

  • Position

    Forward

  • Country

    Northern Ireland

  • Date of birth

    22 May 1946

  • Joined

    22 May 1963

  • United debut

    14 Sep 1963

    v West Brom (H) League

  • Left United

    2 Jan 1974

12 mind-blowing playing crossovers

 Article

Fred played with Forlan, but what other combinations will leave you scratching your head?

When Best scored six goals v Northampton

 Video

One of George's best games for United was when he scored SIX goals against Northampton Town, on 7 Feb 1970...

  • published time Feb 22Video

El Beatle

 Video

The story of George Best and his nickname, earned after a stand-out showing against Benfica, in 1966...

The story of Best's first steps at United

 Article

Reds fan John White provides a personal account of George's genius, on the anniversary of the legend's death.

George Best: A Memoir

 Video

Sir Michael Parkinson reminisces about his personal and professional relationship with George Best.

Busby's Dream: The Triumph of 68

 Video

Featuring the players, fans' stories and unseen archive from the 1968 European Cup win...

Benfica 1 United 4

 Video

One of the greatest nights in United's history as the Reds win the European Cup for the first time...

UTD Podcast: Crerand's Best memories

 Video

Paddy says George Best was the second-best player he ever saw, so who's number one? Find out now...

  • published time Sep 21Podcast

Who makes the Mancunian Way XI?

 Article

"Youth, courage and success" is printed on this year's new kit, which players fit that best?

Goal of the Day: Best v Tottenham

 Video

A classy player in a classic shirt, we'll never tire of this George Best footage...

Have you seen these amazing postcards?

 Article

A unique chance to read handwritten gems by legends such as George Best and Billy Meredith.

Collecting the game: Football trading cards

 Article

A new weekly series from United's museum curators begins with a look at the club's trading card collection.

7.5 notable games from Best's career

 Article

On the 75th anniversary of his birth, we've compiled some of the many matches in which George made the headlines.

Is there anything new to say about George Best?

 Article

A new book proves there is, by shining a light on some of the overlooked parts of a rollercoaster career...

  • published time May 21News

A tribute to the Belfast Boy

 Article

On what would have been his 75th birthday, read this extraordinary ode to George Best and his finest hour.