Former Manchester United winger Willie Morgan looks back on his career in an interview first published in Inside United, the official club magazine.
It was in August 1968. Sir Matt Busby had just won the European Cup at United. I was actually going to Leeds – I’d turned down Arsenal and Chelsea among others. Don Revie approached me and said to just wait, so I spent all summer on the golf course, as my club Burnley had banned me from the ground – I couldn’t train or do anything. At the last minute, United came in for me. I was on the golf course when a guy called Jeff Mitten came up to me. It had just gone dark, and he was wearing a long trench coat and a flat cap – I thought it was someone out to get me! So I held my wedge in my hand and said, ‘What do you want?’ But he just told me that Sir Matt wanted me to go down and speak to him. So I did, and Matt asked me if there was anything I wanted. I said the no.7 shirt. He said, “OK, George can have the no.11.” And that was it. I didn’t really know what to say to him!
It was against Tottenham at Old Trafford. Just running out on the pitch and hearing the fans was phenomenal. We won 3-1. Following the previous Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea, in this match everything was wonderful! I was still a bit unfit, as I hadn’t played football all summer. Training was hard – it was very different from Burnley and I picked up a few strains here and there over the first few weeks.
My favourite game
I only scored one hat-trick, that was against QPR at Old Trafford [19 March 1969]. We beat them 8-1 and I scored three, one of which was the best goal I’d ever scored.
My favourite goal
One of those three goals against QPR is my favourite, I loved it. I picked the ball up in my own half, went past the players and then their goalie. But unfortunately there was no camera in those days. Another good one was against Burnley. I think it’s in the Manchester United top 50 goals or something still.