Manchester United fans will pay tributes to club legend George Best who died 10 years ago after losing his battle with alcoholism during Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford according to the club’s official website
United fans attending the PSV match have been invited to pay tribute to the Red Devil’s former iconic No 7.
“During the darkest days of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, George brought a shining light to so many people,” George’s sister, Barbara McNarry said while backing the planned tribute for her brother.
“It’s very humbling to know that this light has never gone out or even dimmed.
“Fans not just at home, but in Manchester and many other places around the world, continue to honour his memory and support him in death as they did in life. George was an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent.”
Meanwhile, Supporters’ group Stretford End Flags have created a commemorative banner featuring the words ‘George… Simply the Best’.
It will be placed above the J Stand at Old Trafford, replicating the previous banner which was created for the first home game against West Bromwich Albion that followed Best’s passing in November 2005 which United won 3-1.
The win over the Baggies in that game is famously remembered more for the unique atmosphere that was created by a capacity crowd paying respects to its hero at the Theatre of Dreams.
“George is probably the most iconic player in the club’s history. We held a vote on Twitter to decide the wording on the banner and 55 per cent preferred ‘Georgie… Simply the Best’ to ‘There is a light that never goes out,” Andrew Kilduff, spokesman for Stretford End Flags explained.
“People still talk about that West Brom game in 2005 to this day and about how special the atmosphere was. Hopefully we can create something similar on Wednesday night.”