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At the age of 15, George Best was discovered in Belfast by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop, whose telegram to United manager Matt Busby read: "I think I've found you a genius."
He reached dizzying heights with his outrageous skills in a career that lasted a mere six years at the top, where he became the first real football celebrity, before self-destructing.
In those six magical seasons with United, he scored 115 goals in 290 games - six of them in one game! He won two League Championships, the European Cup and was voted European Football of the Year. Pele named him as his favourite player, which was remarkable considering Best's international career with Northern Ireland never allowed him the opportunity of appearing in the World Cup finals.
George Best was in many ways the perfect footballer on the field, being quick, two-footed, able to pass with accuracy at all ranges, dribble and with a deadly imagination in front of goal given half a chance.
Widely considered the best football player ever produced in Britain and it could be argued he may have become greater still. In his native Northern Ireland, the admiration for him is summed up by the local saying: "Maradona good; Pelé better; George Best."
Ryan Giggs knows all about the pressure that comes with winning titles, having won 12 during his Manchester United career. And the veteran midfielder reckons title rivals Manchester City are struggling to cope with the pressure of being Premier League champions. Roberto Mancini's side remain the only team unbeaten in the league this season, but have drawn six of their 15 games to trail leaders United by three points. City are now under pressure to hold onto the title after their woeful Champions League campaign, which saw them exit the competition with three points – the lowest-ever total by an English club.
Giggs scored his first goal for United in a 1-0 win over City way back in May 1991, when he was just 17. Now 39, the Welshman is nearing the end of his illustrious career and is likely to make his 38th derby appearance off the bench, but has not lost the desire to keep United's local rivals in their shadow.
The Portuguese star claimed to be unhappy earlier this season but his former manager at the Red Devils has jokingly described a return to Old Trafford as nothing more than a hope.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has stated that he would love to bring former star Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford but that it is nothing more than "a Christmas wish."
Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford under Ferguson, winning the Champions League and was named the 2008 Ballon d'Or winner.
Ronaldo admitted recently that he misses Alex Ferguson and described him as his "father in football".
Cheer on the Red Devils in the new Nike Manchester United Home Shirt 2012 2013, complete with a checked design for a fresh and stylish look, with the club badge and Nike Swoosh adorning the chest and the official sponsor across the middle. The mens Man United home top sports short sleeves and a ribbed collar, with a Dri-Fit fabric construction offering every day comfort with breathability and moisture wicking for training sessions and competitive matches.
These stunning pictures were taken on 26/07/2012. Great Britain played Senegal at Old Trafford in the opening game of the men's Olympic Games football.
The carnival atmosphere at Old Trafford to cheer on Team GB was amazing. The Stretford End started several Mexican Waves during the game
Team GB's captain, Ryan Giggs, has called for greater protection from referees after a hard fought draw with Senegal. (Great Britain 1-1 Senegal).