Manchester United paid a brilliant tribute to club legend Bobby Charlton at Old Trafford this afternoon, renaming their stadium’s south stand after the World Cup winner to mark 60 years since his debut for the club.
Charlton, now 78, scored a club record 249 goals in 758 appearances for United from 1956 to 1973.
The newly renamed stand was unveiled before United’s Premier League match at home to Everton this afternoon, and fans showed off a memorable mosaic to mark the occasion.
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Widely regarded as one of world football’s best attacking midfielders, Charlton helped United win three domestic league titles, the FA Cup and the club’s first European Cup trophy in 1968 – ten years after Charlton and then manager Matt Busby as they were both among the survivors from the 1958 Munich air disaster that killed 23 people, including eight United players.
Charlton continues to serve United as a director and ambassador, and Sky Sports joined in the celebrations pre-match by showing tributes from the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Sir Alex Ferguson.