As one of football’s most infamous mavericks, few may be surprised to hear that Manchester United legend George Best was once caught having sex with a lady he charmed on a hotel staircase, just hours before an FA Cup semi-final.
The Northern Irishman is revered as one of the greatest ever players to emerge from the British Isles. But while he was magic with the ball at his feet, his eye for the ladies was almost as prominent as his eye for goal.
The natural swagger and confidence he played with as part of Sir Matt Busby’s legendary United side was also put to good use when he spoke to the many women enamoured with his charm. And one of those lucky ladies were at the centre of a precarious situation by Best as manager Wilf McGuinness caught them both in the act before United’s huge clash against Leeds United.
Best was heralded as one of the best players in the world at the time. However, his stardom and global admiration often resulted in his off-pitch antics disrupting his business on the pitch.
And when McGuinness caught Best with a lady he wooed on a hotel staircase, the manager was absolutely furious. Not only was the attacker set to lead United’s frontline in the FA Cup semi-final, he was up against the Red Devils’ fiercest rivals Leeds United.
The furious United boss even sent Best packing, until his predecessor Busby calmed him down and persuaded him to deploy him against the Yorkshire giants. Unfortunately, Best was far from his, well, best, as he failed to make a meaningful impact on his game.
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He even had a golden opportunity to score the winning goal and send the Reds into the FA Cup Final at the expense of Leeds. Unfortunately, his lack of sharpness resulted in him falling over the ball with the goal at his mercy. “He had an absolute nightmare,” McGuinness recalled.
“We drew 0-0 again, and George had the chance to win it, but fell over the ball in front of goal.” As they always were, Best’s antics were forgiven and he was allowed to represent the Reds.
He remained at the club until 1975 when he went across the pond to play for Los Angeles Aztecs, after 12 years of service for the club.’