Former Manchester United youth team manager Eric Harrison passed away aged 81. Harrison was diagnosed with dementia four years ago and was in the presence of his family in his last moments. The legendary manager is credited for the creation of the Class of 92, which featured the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. The news of Harrison’s passing was confirmed by a statement from United, where the former manager worked for 17 years after leaving Everton.
“Manchester United is extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away on Wednesday,” the club said. Before taking up the role of a coach, Harrison used to play for Hartlepool and Halifax. The football fraternity expressed their condolences since the news of Harrison’s death broke. Former players such as David Beckham shared images with the late coach in remembrance. Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Harrison as ‘one of the greatest coaches of our time.’
Tributes poured in on Twitter as everyone who knew Harrison condoled his family and mourned the loss of a legendary manager.