From wonderkid to world-beater: George Best's first five seasons in photographs

4. Meet the kids

13 Apr 1965: United players meet schoolboys involved in shooting a film, with Paddy Crerand and Denis Law centre stage. Best is at the left, next to David Herd, United's 'other' Scottish forward who would be their top scorer the following season. 

Perhaps unjustly unrecognised outside Old Trafford, Herd scored 145 goals in 265 games for United – only a dozen men have scored more for the club – including a hat-trick past three different goalkeepers in a 5-0 hammering of Sunderland. Already in his thirties by the time this picture was taken, Herd broke his leg in March 1967; he battled back to fitness in time for the 1968 European Cup final, but Matt Busby instead opted to pick Brian Kidd on his 19th birthday.  

The United players might have appreciated the diversion of the kids appearing at Old Trafford: they had just suffered an FA Cup semi-final replay defeat to their rivals Leeds United, freshly promoted to the top flight and seeking a first-ever league title under thrusting young manager Don Revie. Busby's team would instead focus their efforts on a three-way title race with Leeds and Chelsea. 


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