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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 12:50 GMT
Q&A: Denis Law
Denis Law
Law in action for Manchester United
Denis Law, former Man Utd and Scotland legend, answers your e-mails.

Born in 1940, Law went on to enjoy a glittering and prolific career at Huddersfield Town, Torino, Manchester United and Manchester City.

In 481 league matches he scored a phenomenal 227 goals and hit the back of the net 30 times in just 55 appearances for Scotland.

He was crowned European Footballer of the Year in 1964 and helped United reach the 1968 European Cup final.

You sent in your questions to Denis in your hundreds - the best ones appear below.

Denis was talking to BBC Sport's Paul Birch


Why do you think Scottish football is in such disarray?

J. Sebastian MacPherson, Scotland

There are so many foreign players in the Scottish league that whoever manages Scotland faces a real problem.


Robin McEwen, UK

Do you regret not playing in a World Cup at your very peak?

Of course. When we had a particularly good side in the early '60s we thought that if we qualified we might be able to do something. In those days only one team qualified and any of those teams that didn't qualify could have won. It was a much harder then than it is today.


Does the prevailing duopoly of Rangers/Celtic work against nurturing young talent?

Jimmy

Unfortunately when you look at Celtic and Rangers teams there aren't many Scottish players in them. It's a problem. But there are some young players coming up and hopefully this weekend we can get a good result against Holland so we can qualify for Portugal next year.


Is it true that in 1966 you couldn't bring yourself to watch England play in the final of the World Cup, so you played golf while the game was on?

Peter Bradshaw, Australia

I think we will pass on that question! We'll give that a miss.


Dennis do you ever have any regrets having never played for a Scottish league team?

John Lockhart, USA /Scotland

It would have been nice to have played for my home team, Aberdeen. They never picked me up so I went to Huddersfield. But perhaps I wouldn't have done what I did if I hadn't gone there.


Who in your view is the best player to have ever put on a Manchester United shirt?

Phil Lloyd-Bushell, England

Extremely difficult question. I've been told Duncan Edwards was outstanding. Through the years there are so many, Bobby Charlton Nobby Stiles, Crerand - it's a very difficult question.


Who would win, Man Utd 98-99 or Man Utd 1968?

Novan, Mauritius

Impossible to answer. We had a very good team but the nineties team were equally as good.


What is Man Utd lacking that has resulted in them failing to lift the Champions League trophy again?

Mukesh Kasanjee, South Africa

I think a little bit of luck. Last season they came up against Real Madrid which I'd have liked to have seen in the final. There is no reason to doubt they can't win it this season.


You were one of United's greatest ever players but earned a fraction of what leading players earned today. Do you regret that, and do you think its right that such large sums of money are given to players at such a young age?

John Macrory, England

Being Scottish I do think it would have been nice to earn what players earn today. A few years in today's game would have done me fine without having to be bashed about! But best of luck to them.


Bobby Charlton once described you as being "like greased lightning in front of goal" and it often seemed to me that by the time defenders had figured out what you were going to do with the ball, it was already in the back of the net! How did you learn to do that?

John Brannan, Australia

Not a clue, not a clue. I suppose it's something you are born with.


Did you enjoy your time in Italy with Torino?

James Logie, England

I went too early. I was too young and didn't know too much about Italian football. It was very, very defensive as a spectacle it wasn't very exciting. Whoever scored the first goal that was it, very boring football.


Do you think more British players need overseas experience if we are ever going to compete to win major trophies in the future?

Andrew Vigar, Austria

I think the league is okay. But living and playing abroad does help you.


Why is it that Scotsmen, e.g. Shankly, Busby, Stein and Ferguson, have proved to be the greatest football man-managers? And what prevented you from becoming yet another truly great Scottish football manager?

Pete Dean, England

I think those managers seemed to come from a part of Scotland where you have to battle a bit. You've got that determination in you, something that the Scots have got.

I didn't fancy it. You've got to be a special type of person to be a manager and a little bit hard which isn't in my nature.


Who or what was the biggest influence on your life?

Michael Mosley, England

Bill Shankly at Huddersfield and the great Matt Busby.


As a Huddersfield Town fan do you think Town will ever play top flight football again?

James Corke, England

I'd like to think so, but it's very difficult in today's game with the money. I was over there two weeks ago they've got a lovely stadium. But you never know in football they've got tradition there.


George Best or Jimmy Johnstone?

William Croll, Scotland

They were both great players.


And congratulations goes to Neil Richards who wins a copy of Denis' brilliant new autobiography The King for this question:

You were called the King of goalscorers but which player is the current 'King'?

Van Nistelrooy is as good as any and he is a great player.





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