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Legendary Scottish inside-forward, nicknamed the King of Old Trafford, who was one of the major stars in the classic Manchester United team of the 1960s.

Born in Aberdeen on 24 February 1940, he began his professional career with Huddersfield Town in 1957 and made his debut for Scotland in 1858, scoring in his first game.  He was an unlikely star, frail and bespectacled.  He soon established a reputation, however, as a resilient and ag

Law was elected European Footballer of the Year in 1964 and subsequently contributed to United's two championships in 1965 and 1967.

He scored a record 30 goals in 55 matches for Scotland (a mark he shares with Kenny Dalglish, who needed 47 more games to achieve the feat) but was so much more than a simple goal-scorer. The goals came in every shape and colour; searing long-range shots, simple tap-ins, dynamic headers, flukey ricochets, cheeky flicks after mazy solo runs, acrobatic scissor-kicks.

"No other player," noted Sir Matt Busby, "scores as many miracle goals as Denis. He's the quickest-thinking player I've ever seen, seconds quicker than anyone else. He has the most tremendous acceleration, can leap to enormous heights, and is an impeccable passer of the ball."

In 1973 Law returned to Manchester City and at the end of the season suffered the trauma of scoring the crucial goal that sent his old club down into the Second Division. Law admitted later, 'I have seldom felt so depressed as I did that weekend'.  That same year he notched up the last of his 55 international caps and retired to become a commentator.  His former boss at Huddersfield, Bill Shankly once declared that 'Denis Law could dance on egg-shells'.

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