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

8. Style guru

18 Dec 1965: Best stands outside Old Trafford. By now Best was becoming something of a style icon off the pitch, although it's debatable how well the suede waistcoat and Rupert-check trousers - with double-width belt-loops and cross-pattern front pockets - have stood the test of time.

United had also got themselves into gear since the White Hart Lane walloping, winning seven of their next nine league games - climaxing with a satisfying 5-1 revenge beating of Spurs. Best scored six during that run as United rose to third in the table, but sadly for Busby something was stirring at the other end of the Manchester Ship Canal. 

Bill Shankly's Liverpool, having won the FA Cup in 1965, were determined to regain the league title they had won the season before; in one 18-game run they won 14 and lost just one, hitting top spot in November and never looking like giving it up. Busby's thoughts turned instead toward the European Cup. 


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