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Wilf McGuinness
Personal information
Full name Wilfred McGuinness
Date of birth 25 October 1937 (1937-10-25) (age 72)
Place of birth    Manchester, England
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1953–1954 Manchester United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1954–1959 Manchester United 81 (2)   
National team
England School
England Youth
England U23

04 (?)
01 (?)
02 (0)
Teams managed
Manchester United
Aris Salonika
York City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Wilfred "Wilf" McGuinness (born 25 October 1937 in Manchester, England) was an English football player and manager, who played twice for England. He is best known for taking over from Matt Busby as manager of Manchester United. His son, Paul, is currently Manchester United's U-18 team manager and assistant director of their youth academy for 17-21 year olds.


Playing career

As a player he captained Manchester, Lancashire and England at schoolboy level, and signed for Manchester United in January 1953. He played his first first-team match against Wolves on 8 October 1955, 17 days before his 18th birthday. Competition for places was fierce but he played in enough matches to qualify for a medal when United won the league in 1956.

He was still a United player at the time of the Munich air disaster in 1958, but an injury had prevented him from playing so he was not on the plane that crashed. A broken leg finished his playing career when he was only 22.

Managerial career

He continued to be involved at United and was promoted from reserve team coach to first team coach when Matt Busby retired at the end of the 1968-69 season. Appointed as Busby's successor in June 1969 at the age of 31, at a time when the Manchester United side was in transition and Busby had moved upstairs to become General Manager, McGuinness's reign as Manchester United manager was not as successful as United had hoped. But McGuinness did lead United to 3 cup semi finals during his reign, one in the FA Cup and two in the League Cup.

McGuinness was sacked in December 1970, after a dramatic comeback which saw United draw 4-4 with Derby County in a league fixture [1] at the Baseball Ground. He returned to his old job as reserve team coach before leaving the club at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Busby was re-appointed as team manager until the end of the season until Frank O'Farrell was named as United's new manager in June 1971.

McGuinness later managed Aris Salonika and York City. On arriving at York, he took over a side which had just recorded its highest-ever league finish, only to take them through two successive relegations before leaving midway though a season which ended with York having to apply for re-election to the Football League. Later he worked as assistant manager at Hull City and was on the coaching staff at Bury F.C., taking over as interim manager prior the appointment of Sam Ellis in 1989.

Recently he took to the pitch before Manchester United's 2008 Champions League semi-final against F.C. Barcelona with an emotional battle cry to United fans urging them to get behind the team cheer every pass and every corner. The Red Army duly obliged as Paul Scholes scored a winner to send United to Moscow.




As a player

Manchester United

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Manchester United England June 1969 December 1970 23 5 9 9 21.7
Aris Salonika Greece 1971 1974
York City England February 1975 October 1977 120 27 63 30 22.5

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