Best Shows he’s the Best as he Smash Derby

Saturday October 4 1969

Division One

Derby County        0

Manchester United   3   (Best 4, 23, 35)

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There are times when you don’t realise you’ve witnessed something special until much later. This match was the opposite: this was the game George Best decided to show the world how good he really is. At least in the first half. Best was mesmerizing. No one could stop him, it was man against boys. It seemed even his own side couldn’t keep up with what he was thinking. He rewarded himself with a hat trick before the end of the first half and effectively  had finished the game even before he enjoyed a half time cup of tea.

As for Derby they were mere spectators in their own car accident in the first, and seriously concussed in the second. The day belonged to George Best.

The game is only a few minutes old and Best is racing towards the Derby goal.

The game is only a few minutes old and Best is racing towards the Derby goal.

Best lays it off to Kidd and keeps going.

Best lays it off to Kidd and keeps going.

Best gets the ball back and looks up...

Best gets the ball back and looks up…

Goal! United are 1-0 up.

Goal! United are 1-0 up.

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Charlton pushes it off to Best. Off you go lad.

Charlton pushes it off to Best. Off you go lad.

Best heads forward, though no one wants to get in his way.

Best heads forward, though no one wants to get in his way.

These two will stop Best.

These two will stop Best.

Um...

Um…

Best passed two with ease.

Best passed two with ease.

Best hits another wall of defenders.

Best hits another wall of defenders.

Best swings to the right...

Best swings to the right…

Another two down, two to go.

Another two down, two to go.

Two more beaten and Best is ready to score again.

Two more beaten and Best is ready to score again.

Ah, Best scores such a special goal.

Ah, Best scores such a special goal.

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Charlton looks for United's third.

Charlton looks for United’s third.

Charlton passes to Morgan.

Charlton passes to Morgan.

Morgan gives it back to Charlton.

Morgan gives it back to Charlton.

With a little subtle chip, Charlton lays the ball to Best on a plate.

With a little subtle chip, Charlton lays the ball to Best on a plate.

Best doesn't even use a back lift to finish off his hat trick. Too easy for United.

Best doesn’t even use a back lift to finish off his hat trick. Too easy for United.

Derby: Green, Daniel, Robson, Durban, McFarland, Mackay, McGovern, Carlin, O’Hare, Hector, Hinton.

Man Utd: Stepney, Fitzpatrick, Dunne, Burns, Ure, Sadler, Morgan, Kidd, Charlton, Aston (Sartori), Best.

 

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