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

5. Things are looking good

26 Apr 1965: Goalscorer Best with his girlfriend after beating Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford to all but secure Manchester United the league title.

Since losing the FA Cup semi-final to Leeds, Busby's team had won six consecutive games to go clear of Don Revie's Leeds and Tommy Docherty's Chelsea; the vanquished opponents included Leeds themselves and outgoing champions Liverpool, who would console themselves with the FA Cup.   

Under the goal average system, it had been calculated that they would have to lose 19-0 in their final game at Aston Villa to not win the title. In the end, they lost 2-1 and were champions of England for the first time since the Munich disaster. Best had played in all but one of the league games and contributed 10 goals.