'Magic' Olympic moment for Charlton

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Hundreds of people got up early and braved the rain to watch a football legend carry the Olympic flame in Manchester.

Sir Bobby Charlton carried the Olympic flame as it passed Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium at 6.30am.

The 1966 World Cup winner and Manchester United hero, 74, was one of 151 torchbearers who will carry the torch as it makes its way from Manchester to Leeds.

Sir Bobby carried the flame from Water's Reach to Old Trafford stadium, which is an Olympic Football venue.

He stopped to speak to cheering fans in front of the iconic Trinity statue, which depicts United's 'Holy Trinity' of himself, George Best and Denis Law.

Sir Bobby said: "This is magic."

"This is a great place and the fans have been great."

He said he was overwhelmed by the amount of fans who had shown up to see him.

"This time in the morning. It's staggering isn't it? But they like to be part of it and it's just a happy time.

"I'm so proud and so pleased. It's something that we worked for and it's culminated in a fantastic time."

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