Denis Law Profile

Denis Law

Man­chester Uni­ted Facts­book Fea­ture: De­nis Law, born Ab­er­deen, Scot­land, Feb­ruary 24, 1940. De­nis Law gave ster­ling ser­vice to Hud­dersfield To­wn, Man­chester City, Torino, and Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing a foot­ball ca­reer that las­ted for al­most two dec­ades. All in all, the Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al stri­ker ma­naged to score an as­ton­ish­ing total of 300 goals in 585 fir­st class mat­ches for his vari­ous teams.

De­nis Law ini­ti­ated his goal scor­ing ca­reer play­ing for Ab­er­deen Lads Club, but to­wards the end of the 1954-55 sea­son the pre­co­ciously tal­en­ted youth play­er left The Gran­ite City to join for­ces wi­th Eng­lish Sec­ond Di­vi­sion club Hud­dersfield To­wn where he was han­ded his fir­st ap­pear­ance in an evenly con­tested and nar­row 2–1 Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two tri­umph ag­ainst Notts Coun­ty in front of al­most 10,000 spec­tat­ors at Mea­dow Lane on the 24th of Dec­ember 1956. Law qui­ckly be­came an auto­mat­ic se­lec­tion and he pro­ceeded to score 16 goals in 81 Foot­ball Lea­gue mat­ches for Hud­dersfield To­wn be­tween 1956 and 1960. Re­putedly, Matt Busby wanted the young­ster to ap­pear for Man­chester Uni­ted, but he was turned down by the West York­shire out­fit. Bill Shankly, who was the man­ager at Hud­dersfield To­wn at the time, then tried to take the Leeds Road fa­vour­ite wi­th him to Liver­pool but The An­field­ers did­n’t have the money to sign the young sharp­shoot­er and in­stead he went to old rivals Man­chester City who paid a trans­fer fee of £55,000 for him at the back end of the 1959-60 cam­paign. The Law Man fou­nd the back of the net on his Di­vi­sion One de­but for City in a 4–3 de­feat ag­ainst Don Revie´s Leeds Uni­ted, a club wi­th the motto “For the King and the Law”, at El­land Road on the 19th of Mar­ch 1960 and ma­naged to score 21 goals in 44 Lea­gue mat­ches for The Light Blues be­fore he ev­entually was sold to Itali­an Serie A si­de Tur­in for a trans­fer fee of £110,000 at the start of the 1961-62 season.

Al­ways a man for the big oc­ca­sion, De­nis Law was on tar­get on his Serie A de­but for Tur­in in an en­ter­tain­ing and high-scor­ing 3-3 draw wi­th Laner­ossi Vi­cenza at the Sta­dio Comun­ale on the fir­st day of the 1961-62 cam­paign and went on to re­gister four goals in his fir­st six mat­ches for his new em­ploy­ers, but un­for­tu­nately fair play was not ex­actly the or­der of the day in the boot coun­try. Not a shrink­ing vi­ol­et him­self, Law could al­ways live wi­th that, but what he could not tol­er­ate were some of the blatantly vi­ol­ent meth­ods that his op­pos­ing de­fenders used to stop him. The Scot quite simply had prob­lems wi­th their way of play­ing soc­cer, which at that time was far too de­fens­ive minded and he fi­nally grew sick and tired of the el­bow­ing and kick­ing that were go­ing on in Itali­an foot­ball. Fol­low­ing a com­par­at­ively short stay wi­th Tur­in, the in­creas­ingly frus­trated for­ward sub­sequently re­turned to Eng­land to join Man­chester Uni­ted for a fee of £115,000 in the hot sum­mer of 1962 af­ter hav­ing clocked up ten goals in 27 Serie A out­ings for The Clarets. Now back in Man­chester, Law soon settled down at Uni­ted and he would go on to prove that he was worth every penny.

Af­ter find­ing the net on his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 2-2 ho­me draw wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion on the open­ing day of the 1962-63 sea­son, Law sco­red his fir­st brace for the club in a 3-2 loss at ho­me to old te­am Man­chester City on the 15th of Septem­ber. Thriv­ing in his new con­di­tions, he sco­red one of the goals in a 5-2 ho­me de­feat ag­ainst Burn­ley a week la­ter and hit an­oth­er goal in a 3-1 ho­me win over West Ham Uni­ted on the last Sat­urday of Oct­ober. On the 3rd of Nov­ember, he bag­ged four goals in a 5-3 tri­umph over reign­ing Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Ips­wich To­wn at Port­man Road and con­firmed his form by grabbing a brace in a 3-2 vic­tory ag­ainst Wolver­hampton Wan­derers at Mo­lineux a fort­night la­ter. The leth­al goal poach­er got on the score sheet ag­ain in a 5-1 trash­ing of Not­ting­ham For­est at Old Traf­ford on the 8th of Nov­ember, but then came the freez­ing winter of 1962-63 and his next goal would not come un­til the 2nd of Mar­ch as he sco­red the open­er in a 2-2 draw ag­ainst Black­burn Rov­ers at Ew­ood Park. He con­tin­ued to score goals and hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 FA Cup Third Ro­und win over for­mer te­am Hud­dersfield To­wn at ho­me on the 4th of the same month and got him­self on the score­sheet ag­ain in a 2-1 FA Cup Fifth Ro­und vic­tory at ho­me to Chel­sea five days la­ter. Af­ter bag­ging an­oth­er hat-trick in a 4-3 de­feat to Lei­cester City at Fil­bert Street on the 16th of April, he was on tar­get ag­ain in a 1-1 draw wi­th Shef­field Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford on the 20th of the same month be­fore hit­ting the win­ner in a 2-1 tri­umph over Wolver­hampton at Old Traf­ford two days la­ter. He then net­ted the win­ning goal 1-0 FA Cup Semi-Fi­nal win ag­ainst South­ampton at Vil­la Park on the last Sat­urday of the month and also sco­red the win­ner in a 1-0 vic­tory over Burn­ley at Turf Moor on the fir­st Sat­urday of May. Wi­th the 1962-63 cam­paign ap­proach­ing its end, he re­gistered a brace in a 3-2 ho­me de­feat to Ar­senal on the 6th of May and net­ted a con­sol­a­tion in a 2-1 away loss ag­ainst Birm­ing­ham City on the 10th of the same month be­fore scor­ing an­oth­er goal in a 3-1 vic­tory at ho­me to al­ready re­leg­ated Ley­ton Ori­ent eight days af­ter that.

Then, on the 25th of May, Law sco­red the open­er in the 3-1 FA Cup Fi­nal win ag­ainst Lei­cester City at Wemb­ley Sta­dium, tak­ing his tally to 29 goals in 44 ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions. On a near per­fect day for foot­ball, Lei­cester en­joyed a num­ber of early scor­ing chances, but The Foxes re­peatedly failed to cap­it­al­ise on them. As the fir­st ha­lf pro­gressed, Man­chester Uni­ted star­ted to dom­in­ate bo­th pos­ses­sion and ter­rit­ory and had their open­ing goal on the ha­lf-hour ma­rk as Pad­dy Cre­rand fou­nd Law who bril­liantly turned and knock­ed the ball in­to the far si­de of net. Twelve min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, Da­vid Herd hit his fir­st goal of the fi­nal af­ter a shot from Bob­by Charl­ton had be­en par­ried out by Lei­cester goal­keeper Gor­don Banks. Wi­th some ten min­utes left to play, Lei­cester ma­naged to re­duced the ar­rears thro­ugh a head­er from Ken Key­worth, a bar­gain £9,000 buy from Roth­er­ham Uni­ted in the sum­mer of 1958, and they seemed back in the con­test, but their hopes van­ished when Herd made the score 3-1 in Man­chester United´s fa­vour in the 85th min­ute as he ham­mered ho­me his sec­ond goal of the day af­ter Banks had dropped a dif­fi­cult high ball from Johnny Giles.

Law did even bet­ter the next sea­son as he sco­red 30 Fir­st Di­vi­sion goals in the same amount of ap­pear­ances des­pite a 28-day sus­pen­sion for a send­ing-off in a 4-0 de­feat ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la at Vil­la Park on the 16th of Nov­ember. Af­ter hit­ting a brace in a 2-0 tri­umph at ho­me ag­ainst Ips­wich To­wn on the 28th of Au­gust, he sco­red twice ag­ain in a 5-1 ho­me vic­tory over Ever­ton on the last day of the month. On the 3rd of Septem­ber, he plundered four goals in a 7-2 troun­cing of poor Ips­wich at Port­man Road and ad­ded an­oth­er goal to his tally in a 3-0 win over Black­pool at Old Traf­ford on the 11th of the same month. Law´s form didn´t go un­noticed and the Man­chester Uni­ted fa­vour­ite was picked for the Rest of the Wor­ld te­am which suf­fered a nar­row 2-1 de­feat ag­ainst Alf Ramsey´s Eng­land at Wemb­ley on the 23rd of Oct­ober. South­ampton for­ward Terry Paine gave The Three Li­ons the lead wi­th a clo­se ran­ge ef­fort six min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk, on­ly for Law to equal­ise for the Rest of the Wor­ld as he col­lec­ted a pass clo­se to the edge of the eight­een-yard-area and cooly put the ball pa­st the goal­keeper and in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the net just sev­en min­utes la­ter. But wi­th the score­board clock wind­ing down, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur ace Jim­my Greaves ul­ti­mately sco­red the win­ner for Eng­land when he tap­ped ho­me from in­side the six-yard box in the last min­ute of nor­mal time.

Law con­tin­ued his goal-scor­ing ex­ploits as he sco­red a hat-trick in a 4-1 win ag­ainst Tot­ten­ham at Old Traf­ford on the 9th of Nov­ember and was on tar­get twice in a 2-1 vic­tory over Shef­field Uni­ted at Bramall Lane three weeks la­ter. Fol­low­ing a four-goal per­form­ance in a 5-2 win at ho­me to new­ly pro­moted Sto­ke City on the 7th of Dec­ember, he notched a brace in a 4-1 tri­umph away ag­ainst West Brom­wich Al­bion on the 18th of Jan­uary and sco­red Man­chester United´s sec­ond goal in a 3-1 ho­me vic­tory over Ar­senal on the the 1st of Feb­ruary. He kept on search­ing for more goals and made the score sheet in a 3-2 de­feat ag­ainst Lei­cester City at Fil­bert Street on the 8th of the same month and re­gistered his fifth brace of the sea­son in a 3-1 win over Black­burn Rov­ers at Ew­ood Park two weeks la­ter. And af­ter scor­ing a goal in a 3-2 win over Tot­ten­ham in front of a crowd of 56,000 people at White Hart Lane on the 21st of Mar­ch, he hit the open­er in a 1-1 draw wi­th Chel­sea at Old Traf­ford two days la­ter and then joi­ned Da­vid Sad­ler on the score sheet in a 2-2 draw to Ful­ham at Craven Cot­tage on East­er Fri­day. On the 6th of April, he hit the win­ner in a 1-0 vic­tory over As­ton Vil­la on ho­me soil and sco­red one of the goals in a 2-1 win at ho­me to Shef­field Uni­ted the fol­low­ing Monday be­fore net­ting a brace in a 3-1 ho­me win over Not­ting­ham For­est in the fi­nal fix­ture of the cam­paign. Totally, he sco­red an in­cred­ible 46 goals in 42 ga­mes and was de­servedly named Euro­pean Foot­baller of the Year in 1964.

In 1964-65, De­nis Law won his fir­st Cham­pi­on­ship title wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted. He opened his scor­ing ac­count for the sea­son wi­th a goal in a 2-2 draw wi­th West Brom­wich Al­bion at Old Traf­ford on the 22nd of Au­gust and ad­ded an­oth­er in a sur­prise 3-1 de­feat to West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und two days la­ter. This was fol­lowed by goals ag­ainst Lei­cester City away and West Ham Uni­ted at ho­me, ma­king it four in four ga­mes. Law´s good scor­ing form con­tin­ued and the pro­lif­ic per­former net­ted 14 more goals for the si­de be­fore the turn of the year. On the 16th of Jan­uary, he grabbed him­self a brace in a 2-2 draw wi­th Not­ting­ham For­est at Coun­ty Gro­und and hit the equal­iser in a 1-1 draw to Sto­ke City at Old Traf­ford the fol­low­ing week. He bag­ged a goal in a com­pre­hens­ive 4-0 win over Chel­sea at Old Traf­ford on the 13th of Mar­ch and fin­ished the Foot­ball Lea­gue cam­paign wi­th braces ag­ainst Black­pool, Liver­pool, and Ar­senal. All in all, he amassed 39 goals in 52 out­ings in all com­pet­i­tions and be­came the club´s top scor­er for three con­sec­ut­ive sea­sons. Alas, a knee in­jury the fol­low­ing cam­paign set him back and he struggled to re­pro­duce his scor­ing prowess for United.

Dur­ing the 1966-67 cam­paign, how­ever, De­nis Law notched up 23 goals in 36 Fir­st Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances, help­ing Man­chester Uni­ted win the Foot­ball Lea­gue title for the sec­ond time in three years. He began the sea­son in ex­cel­lent form, plun­der­ing 15 goals be­fore the end of Dec­ember, in­clud­ing three braces ag­ainst West Brom­wich Al­bion, Ever­ton, and Black­pool. On the 11th of Feb­ruary, he sco­red the win­ner in a 1-0 win at ho­me to fel­low title con­tenders Not­ting­ham For­est and main­tained his scor­ing form by net­ting a goal in a 4-0 ho­me ham­mer­ing of bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Black­pool a fort­night la­ter. More goals fol­lowed ag­ainst Lei­cester City, West Ham Uni­ted, South­ampton, and As­ton Vil­la and bro­ught him to a tally of 21 from 35 mat­ches played. Ar­gu­ably, Law´s most mem­or­able mat­ch at club level came in the pen­ul­tim­ate fix­ture of the sea­son on the 6th of May when Man­chester Uni­ted, who were play­ing in an all-white strip, totally out­classed lowly pla­ced West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und. Busby´s si­de took the lead thro­ugh Wor­ld Cup win­ner Bob­by Charl­ton with­in two min­utes be­fore Pad­dy Cre­rand be­at 28-year-old West Ham cus­todi­an Co­lin Mackle­worth wi­th a head­er to make it 2-0 on sev­en min­utes. As the fir­st ha­lf wore on, Bill Foulk­es re­gistered the third goal of the day af­ter ten min­utes and then Ge­orge Best made it 4-0 in the 25th min­ute of pro­ceed­ings. West Ham de­fender John Charles re­duced the ar­rears for The Irons one min­ute in­to the sec­ond pe­riod, but Law re­stored Man­chester United´s four goal ad­vant­age wi­th a well-ex­ecuted pen­alty-kick three min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk and the same man ad­ded an­oth­er goal wi­th el­ev­en min­utes re­maining on the referee´s watch, ma­king it 6-1 to the visitors.

Un­for­tu­nately, per­sist­ent in­jur­ies kept him side­lined for much of the 1967-68 cam­paign and he missed sev­er­al mat­ches, in­clud­ing the 1968 Euro­pean Cup Fi­nal ag­ainst Por­tuguese top-dogs Ben­fica at Wemb­ley where Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated The Eagles by four goals to one. In 1968–69, Law slowly but surely re­covered from nig­gling in­jur­ies and ma­naged to notch up 30 goals in 45 ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions in a sea­son where Man­chester Uni­ted fin­ished 11th in the Fir­st Di­vi­sion. Hav­ing now rea­ched the age of 60, Sir Matt de­cided to move up­stairs to be­come gen­er­al man­ager in the sum­mer of 1969 and Wilf McGuin­ness was ap­poin­ted as his suc­cessor. A for­mer Man­chester Uni­ted wing ha­lf, McGuin­ness had made 81 Fir­st Di­vi­sion ap­pear­ances for the club be­tween 1954 and 1959 and had re­placed Jim­my Murphy as re­serve te­am man­ager in 1964. The 1969-70 cam­paign saw Man­chester Uni­ted fin­ish eighth in the top-flight ta­ble and reach the semi-fi­nals of the FA Cup, but Law missed al­most the en­tire sea­son be­cause of vari­ous in­jur­ies and on­ly ma­naged to amass three goals in 16 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances. And to top it all, he was put on the trans­fer list by Busby.

Pri­or to the 1970-71 cam­paign, McGuin­ness was of­fi­cially giv­en the title te­am man­ager in­stead of chief coach. Law opened his scor­ing for the sea­son wi­th a brace in a much-need­ed 2-0 win ag­ainst Burn­ley at Turf Moor on the 25th of Au­gust and he was taken off the trans­fer list. He was on tar­get ag­ain in a 3-1 Lea­gue Cup Sec­ond Ro­und win over Alder­shot at Re­cre­ation Gro­und on the 9th of Septem­ber and he re­gistered the win­ner in a 2-1 ho­me vic­tory ag­ainst West Brom­wich Al­bion on the 24th of Oct­ober be­fore scor­ing Man­chester United´s fir­st goal in a 2-2 draw wi­th Sto­ke City on ho­me soil on the fir­st Sat­urday of Nov­ember. On the 5th of Dec­ember, Law gave one the best per­form­ances of the lat­ter part of his ca­reer in a hard-fou­ght and thrill­ing 2-2 draw ag­ainst Tot­ten­ham at White Hart Lane. McGuinness´s si­de broke the de­fens­ive dead­lock three min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk when a cross from wing­er John As­ton was head­ed down by Ge­orge Best in­to the path of Law who sco­red a trade­mark goal from just out­side the six-yard box. Man­chester Uni­ted doubled their ad­vant­age twelve min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod of the tie as Best took down a high ball from John Fitz­patrick and neatly put it pa­st Spurs shot stop­per Pat Jen­nings to notch up his 100th Foot­ball Lea­gue goal for his club. Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Mar­tin Peters qui­ckly re­duced the de­fi­cit for Tot­ten­ham, tho­ugh, when the sub­lime mid­field play­maker head­ed ho­me a pre­cise cross from of­fens­ive think­ing left full­back Cyril Knowles in the 63rd min­ute of the en­counter. And on­ly six min­utes la­ter, an­oth­er ex­quis­ite cross by Knowles fou­nd dan­ger­man Alan Gilzean who­se un­stoppable head­er flew pa­st Uni­ted cus­todi­an Jim­my Rim­mer and in­to the goal, ma­king the fi­nal sco­reline read two-all. Res­ults de­teri­or­ated, how­ever, and McGuin­ness was sacked af­ter a chaot­ic 4-4 draw ag­ainst Der­by Coun­ty at a snow covered Base­ball Gro­und on Box­ing Day where Law re­cor­ded a brace.

As the cal­en­dar flipped from 1970 to 1971, Busby re­turned as man­ager of Man­chester Uni­ted and res­ults star­ted to pick up ag­ain. On the 30th of Jan­uary, Law grabbed the win­ner in a 2-1 win over Di­vi­sion One new boys Hud­dersfield To­wn at Leeds Road and, af­ter mis­sing five mat­ches wi­th a broken nose, he showed he was back in scor­ing form by net­ting the open­ing goal in a 2-0 vic­tory ag­ainst Not­ting­ham For­est at Old Traf­ford on the 31st of Mar­ch. And af­ter grabbing a con­sol­a­tion goal in a 2-1 de­feat to Der­by Coun­ty at Old Traf­ford on the 10th of April, he re­gistered a hat-trick in a high-scor­ing 5-3 tri­umph ag­ainst Crys­tal Pal­ace at Sel­hurst Park the fol­low­ing week. Buoyed by the ho­me crowd, Crys­tal Pal­ace went ahead with­in four min­utes of play as Alan Birchen­all fired a fierce shot from in­side the area which rock­eted pa­st Al­ex Step­ney and in­to the goal. The So­uth Lon­doners car­ried on push­ing for­ward and doubled their ad­vant­age twenty min­utes la­ter thanks to an ef­fort from Bob­by Tam­bling, but Man­chester Uni­ted pegged one back in the 43rd min­ute when Law be­at John Jack­son from a few yards out. Af­ter the re­start, Uni­ted ma­naged to level the score on 48 min­utes thanks to a spec­tac­u­lar over­head-kick by Law and ev­entually went in­to the lead in the 58th min­ute as Best ham­mered ho­me. Best then re­cor­ded his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon five min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk to make it 4-2 be­fore Law com­pleted his tre­ble a min­ute la­ter. Pal­ace re­duced the de­fi­cit wi­th eight min­utes left of nor­mal time when Ger­ry Queen fou­nd the net wi­th a clo­se ran­ge head­er, but it was too late for The Glazi­ers to make a come­back. Law´s thirst for goals re­mained and he sco­red an early open­er in a 1-1 draw ag­ainst al­ready re­leg­ated Black­pool in front of a 30,000 crowd at Bloom­field Road on the 1st of May be­fore he net­ted his last goal of the cam­paign in a 4-3 vic­tory over rivals Man­chester City at Maine Road four days later.

In the sum­mer of 1971, Man­chester Uni­ted ap­poin­ted Frank O’­Far­rell as man­ager and they made an ex­cel­lent start to the 1971–72 sea­son. Still a men­ace in the pen­alty box, Law began the cam­paign by net­ting one of the goals in a 2-2 draw wi­th Der­by Coun­ty at Base­ball Gro­und on the open­ing day and fol­lowed that up by grabbing a brace in a 3-1 tri­umph over ta­ble prop­ping Crys­tal Pal­ace at Sel­hurst Park on the 11th of Septem­ber. His purple patch con­tin­ued as he fou­nd the net in a come­back 2-2 draw wi­th Liver­pool at An­field a fort­night la­ter be­fore hit­ting Man­chester United´s sec­ond goal in a 3-0 rout­ing of Hud­dersfield To­wn at Leeds Road on the 9th of Oct­ober. Then, af­ter scor­ing two goals in a 3-1 ho­me win over Lea­gue Cup hold­ers Tot­ten­ham on the 13th of Nov­ember, he net­ted an­oth­er brace in a 3-2 tri­umph at ho­me to Lei­cester City the fol­low­ing week be­fore notch­ing the win­ner in an­oth­er 3-2 vic­tory; this time ag­ainst bot­tom-pla­ced Not­ting­ham For­est on ho­me turf on the 4th of Dec­ember. Wi­th Christ­mas ap­proach­ing, he sco­red a head­ed equal­iser in a 1-1 draw to Sto­ke City at Vic­tor­ia Gro­und on the 11th of Dec­ember and also con­trib­uted a goal in a 2-2 draw wi­th Cov­entry City at Old Traf­ford on the 27th of the same month. But as O´Farrell´s te­am slumped in the sec­ond ha­lf of the sea­son, Law´s form also suf­fered and he fin­ished the cam­paign on 13 goals in 42 appearances.

In 1972-73, which was his fi­nal sea­son at Man­chester Uni­ted, he was lim­ited to just 14 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances; and once ag­ain due to nig­gling in­jur­ies. He bag­ged a con­sol­a­tion goal in a 2-1 de­feat to Ips­wich at Old Traf­ford on the open­ing Sat­urday of the cam­paign and then got him­self on the score­sheet in a 2-2 Lea­gue Cup Sec­ond Ro­und  draw wi­th Di­vi­sion Two si­de Ox­ford Uni­ted at Man­or Gro­und on the 6th of Septem­ber, but wi­th the ar­rival of new man­ager Tom­my Doc­herty, who was ap­poin­ted suc­cessor of O’­Far­rell on the 22nd of Dec­ember, he qui­ckly real­ised that his time at Old Traf­ford would be up. Af­ter serving Man­chester Uni­ted for over a dec­ade, he made his last fir­st class ap­pear­ance for the club in a 1-0 ho­me win over fel­low re­leg­a­tion strug­glers Nor­wich City on the 7th of April, wi­th Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Mick Mar­tin scor­ing the win­ner for the hosts in the 78th min­ute of the tussle. A pro­lif­ic and prodi­gious per­former, Law was with­out doubt among the most sig­ni­fic­ant play­ers ever to pull on the le­gendary red shirt in the long and proud his­tory of Man­chester Uni­ted, and when the swash­buck­ling cam­paign­er re­turned to his for­mer em­ploy­ers Man­chester City in the sum­mer of 1973, he knew that he had played wi­th some of the best foot­ballers in the business.

Now back wi­th Man­chester City, De­nis Law´s fir­st mat­ch of the 1973-74 cam­paign came ag­ainst Fir­st Di­vi­sion new­comers Burn­ley in an FA Char­ity Shield fix­ture at Maine Road which The Clarets won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Co­lin Wal­dron. Form­ing a strik­ing part­ner­ship wi­th pre­vi­ous Ful­ham and Queens Park Ran­gers star Rod­ney Marsh, Law re­cap­tured his old ma­gic and fou­nd the back of the goal twice in an en­thralling 3-1 tri­umph ag­ainst Birm­ing­ham City in front of an at­tend­ance of clo­se to 35,000 spec­tat­ors at Maine Road on the 25th of Au­gust. Show­ing his con­sist­ency, he re­gistered the equal­ising goal in an evenly con­tested 1-1 draw ag­ainst lowly pla­ced Sto­ke City at Vic­tor­ia Gro­und on the 1st of Septem­ber and then grabbed the open­er in a clo­se 2-1 vic­tory over fel­low mid-ta­blers Shef­field Uni­ted at Bramall Lane on the 20th of Oct­ober. A month la­ter, how­ever, for­mer Nor­wich City head coach Ron Saun­ders re­placed ex-Man­chester City in­side for­ward Johnny Hart in the red hot-seat at Maine Road, but the new man­ager im­me­di­ately had per­son­al prob­lems wi­th sev­er­al of the es­tab­lished play­ers. Law non­ethe­less kept on do­ing his job and proved his pro­fes­sion­al­ism by hit­ting ho­me the equal­iser in a 1-1 draw wi­th no­ne oth­er than Nor­wich at Car­row Road on the 29th of December.

A brace in a 5-2 FA Cup Third Ro­und win ag­ainst Sec­ond Di­vi­sion op­pon­ents Ox­ford Uni­ted at Man­or Gro­und on the 5th of Jan­uary was fol­lowed by a goal in a 2-0 ho­me tri­umph over sur­prise si­de Lei­cester City the fol­low­ing Sat­urday and he then grabbed one of the goals in a fine 4-2 Lea­gue Cup Quart­er-Fi­nal Re­play vic­tory at ho­me to Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cov­entry City four days la­ter. On the 19th of Jan­uary, Law net­ted the equal­iser in a 1-1 draw ag­ainst re­leg­a­tion bat­tling Birm­ing­ham City at St Andrew´s, but was then in­jured in a 1-1 Lea­gue Cup Semi-Fi­nal Fir­st Leg draw wi­th Third Di­vi­sion te­am Ply­mouth Argyle at Ho­me Park four days la­ter. Af­ter mis­sing the 4-1 FA Cup Fourth Ro­und de­feat to Sec­ond Di­vi­sion out­fit Not­ting­ham For­est at City Gro­und on the 27th of the same month, he was back in the si­de which be­at The Pil­grims by 2-0 in the sec­ond leg at Maine Road the fol­low­ing Wed­nesday and was on the score­sheet ag­ain in a 2-0 suc­cess over South­ampton, an­oth­er re­leg­a­tion can­did­ate, at The Dell on the 23rd of Feb­ruary. And des­pite fail­ing to score in a nar­row 2-1 Lea­gue Cup Fi­nal de­feat to Bill McGarry´s Wolver­hampton at Wemb­ley on the 2nd of Mar­ch, he en­joyed a good mat­ch and was a con­stant threat to the Wan­derers de­fence. Then, on the fi­nal day of the sea­son in his last com­pet­it­ive ga­me at club level, he sco­red the win­ner and on­ly goal at Old Traf­ford to give Man­chester City a highly dra­mat­ic 1-0 vic­tory ag­ainst a strug­gling Man­chester Uni­ted si­de, a res­ult that con­firmed the re­leg­a­tion of the latter.

An in­ter­na­tion­al for Scot­land, De­nis Law was han­ded his long-awaited seni­or de­but for The Tartan Ter­ri­ers by no­ne oth­er than Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Matt Busby in a 3-0 Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship tri­umph ag­ainst Wales at Nini­an Park on the 18th of Oct­ober 1958. In front of a crowd of al­most 60,000 spec­tat­ors in Car­diff, Fulham´s Gra­ham Leg­gat gave Scot­land the lead on the ha­lf-hour ma­rk be­fore Law doubled the ad­vant­age for the vis­it­ing out­fit when he be­at Ar­senal shot stop­per Jack Kel­sey twenty min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod. And wi­th time tick­ing down, Ever­ton mid­fielder Bob­by Collins ad­ded a third goal for the dark blue shirts in the 79th min­ute of the en­counter to put the res­ult bey­ond reach for The Welsh Dragons. His next goal ar­rived in a 3-2 in­ter­na­tion­al friendly de­feat at ho­me to Po­land on the 4th of May 1960 and was fol­lowed by the open­er in a 5-2 Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship win ag­ainst North­ern Ire­land on ho­me soil on the 9th of Nov­ember the same year. On the 26th of Septem­ber 1961, he re­gistered a brace in a 3-2 Wor­ld Cup Quali­fier vic­tory ag­ainst the Re­pub­lic of Czecho­slovakia at Hamp­den Park and he ad­ded an­oth­er in­ter­na­tion­al goal to his tally in a 3-2 Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship tri­umph ag­ainst Wales at Nini­an Park on the 20th of Oct­ober 1962.

Then came the 7th of Nov­ember 1962 when he net­ted four of the goals in a 5-1 bat­ter­ing of North­ern Ire­land at Hamp­den. Watched by a crowd of ar­ound 60,000 people, North­ern Ire­land went ahead thanks to a goal from Everton´s Billy Bing­ham in the eighth min­ute of the con­test. Wi­th the fir­st pe­riod ap­proach­ing its end, the hosts ma­naged to level the score thro­ugh Law in the 40th min­ute and the front­man sco­red ag­ain in the 64th and 77th min­utes to com­plete his hat-trick. And on­ly two min­utes la­ter, Ran­gers wing­er Wil­lie Hen­derson made it 4-1 be­fore Law net­ted his fi­nal goal in the 87th min­ute of the one-sided af­fair. Af­ter bag­ging him­self a brace in a 4-0 in­ter­na­tion­al friendly win over Aus­tria at Hamp­den on the 8th of May, he re­gistered a hat-trick in a 4-3 in­ter­na­tion­al friendly de­feat ag­ainst an ag­gress­ive Nor­way si­de at Brann Sta­dium in Ber­gen on the 4th of the fol­low­ing month and then net­ted a goal in the in­cred­ible 6-2 friendly tri­umph over Gen­er­al Franco´s Spain in front of over 40,000 spec­tat­ors at Bern­abeu Sta­dium in Mad­rid nine days la­ter be­fore grabbing four goals in a 6-1 maul­ing of Nor­way in the re­verse friendly at Hamp­den on the 7th of Nov­ember the same year.

De­nis Law´s goal scor­ing con­tin­ued wi­th goals ag­ainst Wales, Fin­land, Eng­land, and Po­land, bring­ing his al­ready im­press­ive in­ter­na­tion­al tally to 24 in 31 ap­pear­ances. A nat­ur­al born hit-man, he would go on to re­gister a total of 30 goals from 55 full ap­pear­ances for the coun­try of his bir­th be­fore he fi­nally de­cided to re­tire from the pro­fes­sion­al ga­me of soc­cer in the sum­mer of 1974 af­ter ma­king his fi­nal in­ter­na­tion­al ap­pear­ance in a 2-0 group sta­ge vic­tory ag­ainst the Re­pub­lic of Zaire on the 14th of June at West­falen Sta­dium in Dort­mund in the Wor­ld Cup in West Ger­many. The Ab­er­do­ni­an was a great in­spir­a­tion to his fel­low team­mates and he was of­ten seen en­cour­aging them to rise to their po­ten­tial. Widely known for his pos­it­ive ap­proach to life, the laugh­ing cava­lier of foot­ball also closely re­sembled Amer­ic­an act­or and comedi­an Dan­ny Kaye when he per­formed some of his antics bo­th on and off the soc­cer field. De­nis Law Play­ing Ca­reer: Hud­dersfield To­wn, Man­chester City, Tur­in, Man­chester Uni­ted, Man­chester City. Play­ing Hon­ours: Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion 1965, 1967, Eng­lish FA Cup 1963, Eng­lish FA Char­ity Shield 1965, 1967, UEFA Euro­pean Cup 1968.


Denis Law Quickfacts

De­nis Law was ap­poin­ted Com­mand­er of the Or­der of the Brit­ish Em­pire in Mar­ch 2016 at the age of 76, and he re­ceived the Free­dom of the City of Ab­er­deen in Nov­ember the fol­low­ing year.


Manchester United Appearances

1962-63 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Brom­wich Al­bion 2
Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ar­senal 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Birm­ing­ham City 0
Bol­ton Wan­derers 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ley­ton Ori­ent 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Bol­ton Wan­derers 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Man­chester City 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Burn­ley 5
Shef­field Wed­nesday 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Black­pool 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Black­burn Rov­ers 3
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 6 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Ips­wich To­wn 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Liver­pool 3
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 As­ton Vil­la 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Not­ting­ham For­est 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ful­ham 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Black­burn Rov­ers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Hud­dersfield To­wn 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 As­ton Vil­la 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Chel­sea 1
West Ham Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ips­wich To­wn 1
Cov­entry City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ful­ham 2
Liver­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Lei­cester City 2
Lei­cester City 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Wed­nesday 3
Burn­ley 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ar­senal 3
Birm­ing­ham City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ley­ton Ori­ent 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 1

1963-64 Sea­son:

Ever­ton 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Shef­field Wed­nesday 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ips­wich To­wn 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Ever­ton 1
Ips­wich To­wn 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 7
Birm­ing­ham City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Black­pool 0
Ar­senal 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Willem II 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 6 Willem II 1
Not­ting­ham For­est 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Black­burn Rov­ers 2
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
As­ton Vil­la 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Liver­pool 1
Shef­field Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Sto­ke City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Birm­ing­ham City 2
West Brom­wich Al­bion 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Bris­tol Rov­ers 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ar­senal 1
Lei­cester City 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Barns­ley 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Bol­ton Wan­derers 0
Black­burn Rov­ers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Sport­ing Lis­boa 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Sun­der­land 3
Sun­der­land 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Sun­der­land 1
West Ham Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Sport­ing Lis­boa 5 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Chel­sea 1
Ful­ham 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ful­ham 0
Liver­pool 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 As­ton Vil­la 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Shef­field Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Not­ting­ham For­est 1

1964-65 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Brom­wich Al­bion 2
West Ham Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Lei­cester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Ful­ham 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ever­ton 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Chel­sea 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Burn­ley 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sun­der­land 0
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 7 As­ton Vil­la 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 6 Djur­garden 1
Liver­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Wed­nesday 0
Bor­us­sia Dort­mund 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 6
Black­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Black­burn Rov­ers 0
Ar­senal 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Bor­us­sia Dort­mund 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Leeds Uni­ted 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Not­ting­ham For­est 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ever­ton 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 1
Sto­ke City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ever­ton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Burn­ley 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Burn­ley 1
Sun­der­land 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Chel­sea 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Ful­ham 1
Shef­field Wed­nesday 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Black­pool 0
Leeds Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Leeds Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Black­burn Rov­ers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Leeds Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Birm­ing­ham City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Liver­pool 0 3-0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ar­senal 1
As­ton Vil­la 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Stras­bourg 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Stras­bourg 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Fer­encvaros 2
Fer­encvaros 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Fer­encvaros 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1

1965-66 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Liver­pool 2
Northamp­ton To­wn 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Not­ting­ham For­est 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 1
New­castle Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Burn­ley 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 New­castle Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Chel­sea 1
HJK Hel­sinki 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Ar­senal 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 6 HJK Hel­sinki 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Liver­pool 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 5 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Black­burn Rov­ers 2
Lei­cester City 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
ASK Vor­warts Ber­lin 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Shef­field Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 ASK Vor­warts Ber­lin 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 West Ham Uni­ted 0
Sun­der­land 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ever­ton 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 West Brom­wich Al­bion 1
Liver­pool 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sun­der­land 1
Leeds Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ful­ham 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Der­by Coun­ty 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Shef­field Wed­nesday 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ben­fica 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 6 Northamp­ton To­wn 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Roth­er­ham Uni­ted 0
Roth­er­ham Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Burn­ley 2
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Ben­fica 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Chel­sea 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ar­senal 1
Pre­ston North End 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Pre­ston North End 1
As­ton Vil­la 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Par­tiz­an Bel­grade 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Par­tiz­an Bel­grade 0
Ever­ton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ever­ton 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Black­pool 1
West Ham Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
West Brom­wich Al­bion 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Leeds Uni­ted 1

1966-67 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 5 West Brom­wich Al­bion 3
Ever­ton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Leeds Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ever­ton 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 New­castle Uni­ted 2
Sto­ke City 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Burn­ley 1
Black­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Chel­sea 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ar­senal 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Shef­field Wed­nesday 0
South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Sun­der­land 0
Lei­cester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
As­ton Vil­la 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Shef­field Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Shef­field Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Leeds Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Sto­ke City 0
Burn­ley 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Not­ting­ham For­est 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Nor­wich City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Black­pool 0
Ar­senal 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
New­castle Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Lei­cester City 2
Liver­pool 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ful­ham 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ful­ham 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 West Ham Uni­ted 0
Shef­field Wed­nesday 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 South­ampton 0
Sun­der­land 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 As­ton Vil­la 1
West Ham Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 6

1967-68 Sea­son

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 3
Ever­ton 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Leeds Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Lei­cester City 1
Shef­field Wed­nesday 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Hi­ber­ni­ans 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Hi­ber­ni­ans 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ar­senal 0
Shef­field Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Cov­entry City 0
Not­ting­ham For­est 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ever­ton 1
Lei­cester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Shef­field Wed­nesday 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2
Burn­ley 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ar­senal 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 3
Ful­ham 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ful­ham 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Re­al Mad­rid 0
West Brom­wich Al­bion 6 Man­chester Uni­ted 3

1968-69 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ever­ton 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Shef­field Wed­nesday 5 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Burn­ley 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Wa­ter­ford 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 New­castle Uni­ted 1
Estu­di­antes de La Plata 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 7 Wa­ter­ford 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ar­senal 0
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Estu­di­antes de La Plata 1
Queens Park Ran­gers 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Leeds Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 An­der­lecht 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ips­wich To­wn 0
An­der­lecht 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0
Lei­cester City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Liver­pool 0
South­ampton 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ar­senal 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Ex­eter City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Leeds Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Sun­der­land 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Wat­ford 1
Ips­wich To­wn 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Wat­ford 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Birm­ing­ham City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 6 Birm­ing­ham City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Rap­id Wien 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 1
Chel­sea 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 8 Queens Park Ran­gers 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Shef­field Wed­nesday 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 1
West Ham Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Not­ting­ham For­est 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Not­ting­ham For­est 1
New­castle Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Burn­ley 0
AC Mil­an 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 AC Mil­an 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 2

1969-70 Sea­son:

Crys­tal Pal­ace 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 South­ampton 4
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 1
Cov­entry City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Der­by Coun­ty 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester City 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Der­by Coun­ty 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Man­chester City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Burn­ley 3
Chel­sea 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Leeds Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Leeds Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Cov­entry City 1

1970-71 Sea­son:

Ar­senal 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Burn­ley 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 West Ham Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Ever­ton 0
Liver­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Alder­shot 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Cov­entry City 0
Ips­wich To­wn 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Brom­wich Al­bion 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Chel­sea 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Sto­ke City 2
Not­ting­ham For­est 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Crys­tal Pal­ace 2
South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Hud­dersfield To­wn 1
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 4
As­ton Vil­la 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Der­by Coun­ty 4 Man­chester Uni­ted 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Middles­brough 0
Middles­brough 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Chel­sea 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Burn­ley 1
Hud­dersfield To­wn 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Not­ting­ham For­est 0
Sto­ke City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Der­by Coun­ty 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 0
Crys­tal Pal­ace 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 5
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Liver­pool 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ips­wich To­wn 2
Black­pool 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester City 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 4

1971-72 Sea­son:

Der­by Coun­ty 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Chel­sea 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ar­senal 1
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ever­ton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ips­wich To­wn 0
Crys­tal Pal­ace 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 West Ham Uni­ted 2
Liver­pool 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Hud­dersfield To­wn 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Der­by Coun­ty 0
Burn­ley 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
New­castle Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Leeds Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Lei­cester City 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Not­ting­ham For­est 2
Sto­ke City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Ips­wich To­wn 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 Cov­entry City 2
West Ham Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 3
South­ampton 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 South­ampton 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Chel­sea 1
West Brom­wich Al­bion 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Pre­ston North End 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 New­castle Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Middles­brough 0
Middles­brough 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Ever­ton 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Sto­ke City 1
Sto­ke City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Crys­tal Pal­ace 0
Cov­entry City 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Liver­pool 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Man­chester City 3
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 South­ampton 2
Not­ting­ham For­est 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Sto­ke City 0

1972-73 Sea­son:

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Ips­wich To­wn 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Chel­sea 0
West Ham Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Ox­ford Uni­ted 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Cov­entry City 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ox­ford Uni­ted 1
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 4
Man­chester Uni­ted 0 Sto­ke City 2
Crys­tal Pal­ace 5 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Leeds Uni­ted 1
Ar­senal 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 1
Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0
Man­chester Uni­ted 2 West Ham Uni­ted 2
Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Nor­wich City 0

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