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Video: Manchester United's Northampton Cup draw recalls 'entertainer' George Best's double hat-trick

Manchester United have been drawn against Northampton Town in the newly named EFL Cup - previously the League Cup.

And the draw brings back memories of George Best famous double hat-trick against the side in the FA Cup.

The late football legend came back from a six-week suspension to score six goals in Manchester United's 8-2 demolition of Northampton Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 1970.

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Kim Book, then Northampton's goalkeeper, recalling the game in 2005, said "not even the Berlin Wall" could have stopped Best that day.

The match was one of the most extraordinary played by the United and Northern Ireland star, remembered as one of the greatest players to have graced football. He destroyed his opponents almost single-handedly with a bewildering range of flicks, dribbles and headers, made all the more incredible given the pudding of a County Ground pitch.

Best was being marked by Roy Fairfax, who later said: "The closest I got to him was when we shook hands after the game."

After the game Best was famously quoted: "I don't really class myself as a footballer... I call myself an entertainer."

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