With this week’s controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney dominating the headlines, it will come as a surprise to some to hear that ‘The King’ Denis Law faced similar problems under Sir Matt Busby.
Whilst Wayne’s transgressions saw him sign a contract worth an estimated £200k, Law sought just a £10 pay rise! Speaking in the Telegraph, Law said:
Back in 1966, I asked Matt Busby for a rise of £10 a week!
His response was to bring it all out in the open. He announced that he wouldn’t be held to ransom and had put me on the transfer list. I don’t know about Wayne, but I never really wanted to leave United. I was just trying it on. And in fact there was never any animosity. Matt sorted it with me very cleverly.
He gave me a prepared statement of apology to sign and he presented it to the press. He had proved again what a strong manager he was and I was back on board. What Matt didn’t reveal was that he had secretly given me the tenner. That was his way of handling things.
Not quite as serious as Wayne but equally as good the matter was resolved quickly!