Maguire and Neville send messages to United legend Denis Law

Manchester United legend Denis Law has been diagnosed with dementia.

He released a statement about his diagnosis, which included saying:

“I am at the point where I feel I want to be open about my condition. I have been diagnosed with ‘mixed dementia’, which is more than one type of dementia, in my case, this being Alzheimer’s and Vascular dementia.

“It is an incredibly challenging and problematic disease and I have witnessed many friends go through this. You hope that it won’t happen to you.”

A United club statement added: “Denis Law will always be one of this club’s greatest legends and everybody at Manchester United sends our love and best wishes to him and his family.

“We know our fans around the world will also rally behind him. We applaud Denis’s brave words and will continue to offer whatever support we can as he adapts to this challenging condition.”

United captains past and present have already offered their support.

Harry Maguire posted a message on Instagram, in which he said Law had the support of the full United squad.

Former United skipper Gary Neville also sent support to Law at this incredibly difficult time for him and his family.

With 171 goals in 309 United appearances, Law is a true icon of the club and the only man to have two statues up at Old Trafford.

That tells you everything about the esteem in which he is held at United and how good he was as a player.

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