Ashes of life-long Man United fan scattered on Old Trafford pitch

A life-long Manchester United fan’s ashes were scattered on the Old Trafford pitch - a few months after Luke Shaw had made his dying wish come true.

William Moore, who had a terminal brain tumour, cried tears of joy when he saw his beloved Reds win the FA Cup by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time at Wembley in May.

United left back Shaw offered William a cup final ticket, an act of kindness which meant Mr Moore, from Newton Heath, was seated beside the royal box as captain Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick lifted the famous trophy.

In December, William died peacefully aged 80, and on Saturday his family scattered his ashes - together with the ashes of his late wife - at the side of the Old Trafford pitch .

William Moore's ashes scattered at Old Trafford Credit: MEN Syndication

The grandfather had been a regular at Old Trafford until fifteen years ago when he became his wife Joan’s full-time carer. She had dementia.

When she died in December, 2015, aged 80, he had more time on his hands and William’s family wanted to indulge his passion for the Reds.

William became an avowed United fan after meeting and becoming friends with ‘Busby Babe’ Duncan Edwards while the pair did their national service as 18-year-olds.

The pair played football together on their Army base in Oswestry.