Manchester United greats worry over Best’s health

LONDON: Manchester United great Denis Law wept on Friday after visiting his old teammate George Best in a London hospital, where he remains seriously ill. 

The club’s manager Alex Ferguson said everyone at United was praying for Best, who is in intensive care suffering from internal bleeding thought to be linked to an infection. 

GET WELL SOON: Former Manchester United star Denis Law leaves London’s Cromwell Hospital in tears after visiting George Best on Friday. --AP

“He’s been fighting for quite a while but I did get a shock,” former United striker Law said after visiting the Cromwell Hospital. 

“The man’s not looking too good.” 

Law wiped away tears with a handkerchief as he left the hospital. 

Best’s doctor Roger Williams said he had shown some signs of improvement overnight but remained seriously ill. 

“He is a little better than he was last night, but he is still a very sick man,” Williams said. 

Best, 59, was admitted to hospital nearly four weeks ago.  

He has had an alcohol problem for much of his adult life and underwent a liver transplant in 2002 after years of heavy drinking. 

“Everyone at the club is praying and hoping he pulls through this recent dip in his health,” United manager Ferguson told reporters in Manchester on Friday. 

“He has had a lot of problems over the last few years and we are all rooting for him and hope he pulls through.” 

Best was regarded by many as the greatest player to come from the British Isles. 

The Northern Ireland international had a dazzling but short career at United, winning the European Cup in 1968 when he was named European Footballer of the Year. 

“In terms of British players, you would find it hard to think of anyone better than George Best,” Ferguson said. 

Nicknamed “The 5th Beatle”, Best is widely seen as the first superstar soccer player, attracting frenzied media coverage as much for his colourful private life as his on-field talent. 

His career nosedived when he left United and he has been dogged by alcohol problems since. – Reuters 

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