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Biography

Nobody embodies the values of Manchester United better than Sir Bobby Charlton. Having survived the trauma of the Munich Air Disaster when aged just 20, he played as if every game was for his fallen colleagues, recovering from his injuries to reach the pinnacle for both club and country. In a 17-year playing career with the Reds, he played 758 games and scored 249 goals - both of which were longstanding records until, respectively, Ryan Giggs in 2008 and Wayne Rooney in 2017 surpassed his feats.

  • Position

    Forward

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

    11 Oct 1937

  • Joined

    1 Jun 1953

  • United debut

    6 Oct 1956

    v Charlton (H) League

  • Left United

    1 May 1973

How United contributed to England’s landmark

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Marcus Rashford’s second strike against Wales was the Three Lions’ 100th goal at a men’s World Cup.

Bruno's the fifth Red to score a World Cup brace

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Bruno Fernandes notched two goals against Uruguay on Monday to join an illustrious list of United players.

Our United XI of World Cup stars

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As Qatar 2022 begins, we've picked a dream team of Reds who have shone in previous global tournaments.

Happy birthday, Sir Bobby!

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Sir Bobby Charlton was born on this day in 1937 - what better way to celebrate than by watching some of his best goals…

GOTD: Charlton v Benfica

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Goal of the Day | On his 85th birthday, enjoy Sir Bobby Charlton's brilliant header against Benfica from 1968...

  • published time Oct 22Video

The start of Sir Bobby's amazing career

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On the anniversary of his senior bow, we take a look back at Charlton's breakthrough.

‘A day never goes by when I don’t think of them’

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John Aston Jnr was moved by Sir Bobby Charlton’s poignant words about the 1958 Munich Air Disaster.

  • published time Jun 22Podcast

Benfica 1 United 4

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Match Rewind | Watch one of the greatest nights in United history: the 1968 European Cup final...

United in the Youth Cup: A miscellany

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Explore the Reds' glorious FA Youth Cup history as tickets for the 2022 final at Old Trafford continue to be snapped up.

Goal of the Day: Charlton v Benfica

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On this day in 2016, the South Stand was named after Sir Bobby Charlton. Here's a memorable goal v Benfica in 1968...

  • published time Apr 22Video

Fred and Bruno join esteemed company

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Why midfield pair join a list containing Solskjaer, Cantona, Herd and Sir Bobby.

Your United Pic: Sir Bobby Charlton

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Which photo of the 1960s legend would you love to see on display at Old Trafford?

Your United Pic: Sir Bobby

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Take a quick look at Sir Bobby Charlton in action - and the photos we'd like you to choose from...

  • published time Jan 22Video

United 1 Everton 0

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3 April 2016: Sir Bobby Charlton celebrated a win on the day Old Trafford's South Stand was renamed in his honour...

New banners for Charlton and Law

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Stretford End Flags are behind the tribute, which they hope will raise money for charity.

  • published time Dec 21News