Manchester United have revealed that they are planning to erect a specially-commissioned statue at Old Trafford as a tribute to ‘Sixties icons George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton.
The dealth of Best last year triggered calls from fans for a memorial to honour his achievements with United, and the club have agreed, and widened it to include Law and Charlton, the other members of a legendary trio in Matt Busby’s outstanding side.
“The club has been looking at how to commemorate its great figures for some time,” said chief executive David Gill.
“Too often, we feel we have to wait until our heroes have passed away to recognise their talent.”
Top sculptor Philip Jackson has been chosen to create the statue, which will take 18 months to sculpt.
Gill added: “We are very excited that this statue will honour the efforts not only of George Best, whose death came tragically early in his life, but also two of the game’s finest forwards – Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.
“Manchester United is proud of its heritage and we believe that this statue will be evidence of that. The fact it will be on Sir Matt Busby Way could not be more appropriate.”
Currently there is just one statue near the stadium – that of Busby himself, although there is also a clock on the East Stand wall that honours the victims of the Munich air disaster of February 1958.
Best, Law and Charlton between them played 1,633 games for Manchester United, and scored a combined total of 665 goals for the club.