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Tributes paid to Sunderland man who died outside Old Trafford

Tributes have been paid to a football fan who died after being hit by a car on his way to Old Trafford for Sunderland's away match in Manchester.

Arthur Eade's family said that he had a great sense of humour and that he was a passionate Manchester United fan. Credit: Family photograph

Arthur Eade, 68, from Sunderland, was walking towards the football stadium with his son and grandson to attend the game later that day.

As Mr Eade crossed Europa Way, near to Wharfside Way, there was a collision with a Nissan Qashqai. He was taken to hospital suffering with serious head injuries and died overnight.

The scene in Manchester on Saturday. Credit: ITV News Granada

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries, Greater Manchester Police have said.

His family have said Mr Eade lived in Sunderland and was a passionate Manchester United fan.

Arthur was born and brought up in Sunderland where he had recently retired from his lifelong career as an HGV driver which took him all over the country.

Arthur had travelled down to Manchester with his son and grandson to watch the Manchester United versus Sunderland match as football was one of his passions and he was eagerly looking forward to the game.

Arthur was very much a family man and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, father in law, son in-law and brother-in-law.

– Family statement

His family also said that Mr Eade had a great sense of humour with a huge repertoire of jokes. They say he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.


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Neither John Carver or Louis Van Gaal saw the incident during the game but both managers gave their reaction afterwards.

Manchester United won the game 1-0 with an 89th minute goal from Ashley Young.

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The Dutchman has vast managerial experience with clubs including Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team.

Carver, who was placed in charge of Newcastle for the remainder of the season, is looking forward to facing Van Gaal in the St James' Park dugout.

Speaking ahead of the match, he said:

It's great when you come up against these top coaches because your preparation work leading up to the game, you watch so many games and you see how he prepares his team in different ways, different styles, different shapes and as a coach that excites you because you want to take certain things from him.

– John Carver, Newcastle United Head Coach

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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has defended Manchester United's recent performances, saying they 'are not as bad as people think'.

Louis Van Gaal's side came under criticism after last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Swansea. But speaking ahead of Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, Poyet backed Man United to recover from their recent dip in form.

He said:

I think people are being a little bit harsh on Man United at the moment.

They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position and if they get into the top four there's a few that are going to have to recognise that they've done better than what people expected.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Sunderland won 1-0 at Old Trafford at the end of last season as the Black Cats avoided relegation from the Premier League. But Poyet expects a different encounter this time around. He added:

They were with Ryan Giggs as a caretaker at that moment in time. We were playing for our lives. They were just trying to change a little bit at the end of the season to have something to cheer about. It was a different game.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach


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