After a broken leg ended his playing career at the tender age of 22, McGuinness was given the job of youth team manager in 1961. His unwavering loyalty to United subsequently earned him the role of senior coach.
Busby’s conviction that continuity was the key to success meant that McGuinness was promoted from within on Sir Matt’s say-so. Selecting your successor is a privilege granted only to the very finest managers, but that was the kind of man Wilf was to replace.
Unfortunately for McGuinness, his role as United boss was short lived. Described as “a sacrificial lamb” by Brian Clough, he survived only six months in the job. He later had spells managing Greek clubs Aris Salonika and Panahaiki Patras before two years in which he battled against relegation with York City.
Wilf's book signing is at Old Trafford's Megastore on 18 October from 13:00 - 14:30 BST.