Wilf McGuinness, Manchester United manager

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Wilfred McGuinness
 Birth place:Manchester
Nationality:English
Date of birth:25 October 1937
Age:76
  MU Career
 Seasons:2
Matches:88
First match:9 August 1969, aged 31
Last match:26 December 1970, aged 32
MU career:1.4 years
Details last checked/updated: 2 April 2014

All matches(88)

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score
away team
venue
 1Sat 9 Aug 1969League Division OneCrystal Palace2 - 2MUSelhurst Park
 2Wed 13 Aug 1969League Division OneMU0 - 2EvertonOld Trafford
 3Sat 16 Aug 1969League Division OneMU1 - 4SouthamptonOld Trafford
 4Tue 19 Aug 1969League Division OneEverton3 - 0MUGoodison Park
 5Sat 23 Aug 1969League Division OneWolverhampton Wanderers0 - 0MUMolineux
 6Wed 27 Aug 1969League Division OneMU0 - 0Newcastle UnitedOld Trafford
 7Sat 30 Aug 1969League Division OneMU3 - 1SunderlandOld Trafford
 8Wed 3 Sep 1969League CupMU1 - 0MiddlesbroughOld Trafford
 9Sat 6 Sep 1969League Division OneLeeds United2 - 2MUElland Road
 10Sat 13 Sep 1969League Division OneMU1 - 0LiverpoolOld Trafford
 11Wed 17 Sep 1969League Division OneSheffield Wednesday1 - 3MUHillsborough
 12Sat 20 Sep 1969League Division OneArsenal2 - 2MUHighbury
 13Tue 23 Sep 1969League CupMU2 - 0WrexhamOld Trafford
 14Sat 27 Sep 1969League Division OneMU5 - 2West Ham UnitedOld Trafford
 15Sat 4 Oct 1969League Division OneDerby County2 - 0MUThe Baseball Ground
 16Wed 8 Oct 1969League Division OneSouthampton0 - 3MUThe Dell
 17Sat 11 Oct 1969League Division OneMU2 - 1Ipswich TownOld Trafford
 18Tue 14 Oct 1969League CupBurnley0 - 0MUTurf Moor
 19Sat 18 Oct 1969League Division OneMU1 - 1Nottingham ForestOld Trafford
 20Mon 20 Oct 1969League CupMU1 - 0BurnleyOld Trafford
 21Sat 25 Oct 1969League Division OneWest Bromwich Albion2 - 1MUThe Hawthorns
 22Sat 1 Nov 1969League Division OneMU1 - 1Stoke CityOld Trafford
 23Sat 8 Nov 1969League Division OneCoventry City1 - 2MUHighfield Road
 24Wed 12 Nov 1969League CupDerby County0 - 0MUThe Baseball Ground
 25Sat 15 Nov 1969League Division OneManchester City4 - 0MUMaine Road
 26Wed 19 Nov 1969League CupMU1 - 0Derby CountyOld Trafford
 27Sat 22 Nov 1969League Division OneMU3 - 1Tottenham HotspurOld Trafford
 28Sat 29 Nov 1969League Division OneBurnley1 - 1MUTurf Moor
 29Wed 3 Dec 1969League CupManchester City2 - 1MUMaine Road
 30Sat 6 Dec 1969League Division OneMU0 - 2ChelseaOld Trafford
 31Sat 13 Dec 1969League Division OneLiverpool1 - 4MUAnfield
 32Wed 17 Dec 1969League CupMU2 - 2Manchester CityOld Trafford
 33Fri 26 Dec 1969League Division OneMU0 - 0Wolverhampton WanderersOld Trafford
 34Sat 27 Dec 1969League Division OneSunderland1 - 1MURoker Park
 35Sat 3 Jan 1970FA CupIpswich Town0 - 1MUPortman Road
 36Sat 10 Jan 1970League Division OneMU2 - 1ArsenalOld Trafford
 37Sat 17 Jan 1970League Division OneWest Ham United0 - 0MUUpton Park
 38Sat 24 Jan 1970FA CupMU3 - 0Manchester CityOld Trafford
 39Mon 26 Jan 1970League Division OneMU2 - 2Leeds UnitedOld Trafford
 40Sat 31 Jan 1970League Division OneMU1 - 0Derby CountyOld Trafford
 41Sat 7 Feb 1970FA CupNorthampton Town2 - 8MUCounty Ground
 42Tue 10 Feb 1970League Division OneIpswich Town0 - 1MUPortman Road
 43Sat 14 Feb 1970League Division OneMU1 - 1Crystal PalaceOld Trafford
 44Sat 21 Feb 1970FA CupMiddlesbrough1 - 1MUAyresome Park
 45Wed 25 Feb 1970FA CupMU2 - 1MiddlesbroughOld Trafford
 46Sat 28 Feb 1970League Division OneStoke City2 - 2MUVictoria Ground
 47Sat 14 Mar 1970FA CupMU *0 - 0Leeds UnitedHillsborough
 48Tue 17 Mar 1970League Division OneMU3 - 3BurnleyOld Trafford
 49Sat 21 Mar 1970League Division OneChelsea2 - 1MUStamford Bridge
 50Mon 23 Mar 1970FA CupMU *0 - 0Leeds UnitedVilla Park
 51Thu 26 Mar 1970FA CupMU *0 - 1Leeds UnitedBurnden Park
 52Sat 28 Mar 1970League Division OneMU1 - 2Manchester CityOld Trafford
 53Mon 30 Mar 1970League Division OneMU1 - 1Coventry CityOld Trafford
 54Tue 31 Mar 1970League Division OneNottingham Forest1 - 2MUCity Ground
 55Sat 4 Apr 1970League Division OneNewcastle United5 - 1MUSt James' Park
 56Wed 8 Apr 1970League Division OneMU7 - 0West Bromwich AlbionOld Trafford
 57Fri 10 Apr 1970FA CupMU *2 - 0WatfordHighbury
 58Mon 13 Apr 1970League Division OneTottenham Hotspur2 - 1MUWhite Hart Lane
 59Wed 15 Apr 1970League Division OneMU2 - 2Sheffield WednesdayOld Trafford
 60Sat 15 Aug 1970League Division OneMU0 - 1Leeds UnitedOld Trafford
 61Wed 19 Aug 1970League Division OneMU0 - 0ChelseaOld Trafford
 62Sat 22 Aug 1970League Division OneArsenal4 - 0MUHighbury
 63Tue 25 Aug 1970League Division OneBurnley0 - 2MUTurf Moor
 64Sat 29 Aug 1970League Division OneMU1 - 1West Ham UnitedOld Trafford
 65Wed 2 Sep 1970League Division OneMU2 - 0EvertonOld Trafford
 66Sat 5 Sep 1970League Division OneLiverpool1 - 1MUAnfield
 67Wed 9 Sep 1970League CupAldershot Town1 - 3MURecreation Ground
 68Sat 12 Sep 1970League Division OneMU2 - 0Coventry CityOld Trafford
 69Sat 19 Sep 1970League Division OneIpswich Town4 - 0MUPortman Road
 70Sat 26 Sep 1970League Division OneMU1 - 1BlackpoolOld Trafford
 71Sat 3 Oct 1970League Division OneWolverhampton Wanderers3 - 2MUMolineux
 72Wed 7 Oct 1970League CupMU1 - 0PortsmouthOld Trafford
 73Sat 10 Oct 1970League Division OneMU0 - 1Crystal PalaceOld Trafford
 74Sat 17 Oct 1970League Division OneLeeds United2 - 2MUElland Road
 75Sat 24 Oct 1970League Division OneMU2 - 1West Bromwich AlbionOld Trafford
 76Wed 28 Oct 1970League CupMU2 - 1ChelseaOld Trafford
 77Sat 31 Oct 1970League Division OneNewcastle United1 - 0MUSt James' Park
 78Sat 7 Nov 1970League Division OneMU2 - 2Stoke CityOld Trafford
 79Sat 14 Nov 1970League Division OneNottingham Forest1 - 2MUCity Ground
 80Wed 18 Nov 1970League CupMU4 - 2Crystal PalaceOld Trafford
 81Sat 21 Nov 1970League Division OneSouthampton1 - 0MUThe Dell
 82Sat 28 Nov 1970League Division OneMU1 - 1Huddersfield TownOld Trafford
 83Sat 5 Dec 1970League Division OneTottenham Hotspur2 - 2MUWhite Hart Lane
 84Sat 12 Dec 1970League Division OneMU1 - 4Manchester CityOld Trafford
 85Wed 16 Dec 1970League CupMU1 - 1Aston VillaOld Trafford
 86Sat 19 Dec 1970League Division OneMU1 - 3ArsenalOld Trafford
 87Wed 23 Dec 1970League CupAston Villa2 - 1MUVilla Park
 88Sat 26 Dec 1970League Division OneDerby County4 - 4MUThe Baseball Ground
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Manager profile

To Wilf McGuinness fell the unenviable task of following Sir Matt Busby. It would have been a challenge to the most experienced of managers, especially as Busby was still around. For someone with no management experience, it was an unfair appointment.

McGuinness was one of Busby’s babes. He joined Manchester United in 1953, aged sixteen, and played as a defensive wing-half. His playing career was short. He broke his leg in a reserve game in 1960, when only in his early twenties, and never played again. In 1961 he was appointed reserve and youth team trainer and later became reserve team coach. He worked for Busby throughout the successful 1960s and also, for a time, for Alf Ramsey and England. In January 1969 it was announced that at the end of the season Sir Matt Busby would retire. He would become General Manager and the team would be the responsibility of a ‘head coach’. It was Busby himself who nominated Wilf McGuinness for the role. McGuinness was only thirty-one when he was appointed.

The arrangement didn’t work. McGuinness was the same generation as some of the players and just didn’t have the stature or the experience for the job. The team he inherited was ageing and in need of rebuilding. He suggested new players to refresh the side, but none of them was signed. The star of his team was George Best but, in the early 1970s, Best was beginning to be uncontrollable. It was an impossible task. In 1969-1970, Manchester United finished eighth in the League, and reached the semi-finals of both FA Cup and League Cup. At the end of the season, McGuinness was officially given the title of manager, only then to be sacked a few months later. The start to the 1970-1971 season wasn’t great and, in December, Busby returned to the job.

McGuinness was again put in charge of the reserves. This time, he only stayed a short while before leaving Old Trafford and going to Greece. Apparently the stress of it all made him so ill, all his hair fell out. He managed in Greece for three years and then in York for a further two. He later worked in various capacities at Bury.

About Man Utd - TipThe tables below cover Wilf McGuinness's 88 matches in charge.

No. of matches

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 118James West(1900 - 1903)
 92John Bentley(1912 - 1914)
 88Wilf McGuinness(1969 - 1970)
 81Frank O'Farrell(1971 - 1972)
 48David Moyes(2013 - 2014)
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Win percentage

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 39.0%Walter Crickmer(1931 - 1939)
 37.0%Frank O'Farrell(1971 - 1972)
 36.4%Wilf McGuinness(1969 - 1970)
 31.4%Jack Robson(1915 - 1921)
 31.3%Herbert Bamlett(1927 - 1931)
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