Born in Aberdeen in 1940, Denis Law began his professional career in the 1950s with Huddersfield Town but it was in the famous red of Manchester United that the striker was to forge his reputation as one of Europe’s finest and most entertaining talents.
United signed him from Italian side Torino for a British record transfer fee of £115,000 in 1962 and the Scotsman quickly found Old Trafford very much to his liking and he quickly became one of the undisputed stars of what is still widely regarded as one of the great Manchester United sides.
Law scored 29 goals in 44 games in his first season with the Red Devils and it was not long before the silverware followed. The 1963 FA Cup victory over Leicester City was his first taste of success but greater things were to come as the Red Devils claimed the old First Division title in 1965 and 1967.
Capped 55 times by Scotland, Law became the first and to date only Scot to be named European Footballer of the Year in 1964 and although injury denied him a place in the final of the 1968 European Cup final and the side’s famous victory over Benfica, he remains one of the most popular players in United history.
His Old Trafford career finally came to an end in 1973 but he left boasting a record of 236 goals in 409 appearances for the club and countless memories of his infectious talent. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the following year he was voted Scotland’s outstanding player of the past 50 years.
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