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

6. European adventures

6 Jun 1965: Ferencvaros' Florian Albert and Dezso Novak face all 11 Manchester United players at a free-kick in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final. The Fairs Cup, a forerunner of the UEFA Cup, was gaining in popularity even if it wasn't yet under the auspices of Europe's governing body, or indeed qualified for via league position. Matt Busby had long believed in European competition, and United would give it their best shot. 

They tore past Djurgardens and Borussia Dortmund before edging out 1963 league winners Everton. When the competition restarted in May they demolished Strasbourg to face Hungarian side Ferencvaros in the semi-finals. A 3-2 win at Old Trafford was cancelled out by a 1-0 loss in Budapest; with nobody having yet invented the away goals rule, United got another go ten days later, but lost again in Hungary. European success would have to wait. 

The United players are, left to right: John Connelly, Shay Brennan, Nobby Stiles, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Pat Crerand, David Herd, George Best, goalkeeper Pat Dunne (hidden) and Tony Dunne.


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