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Class of '92 Manchester United coach Eric Harrison has died

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Iconic former Manchester United coach Eric Harrison has died aged 81. Harrison was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and spent his final few months in a nursing home.

During his 27 years as youth-team manager at United, he nurtured the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes into first-team players.

Harrison was awarded an MBE for his services to football in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Gary Neville paid tribute to Harrison in a heartfelt post on Twitter on Thursday morning.

We’ve lost our mentor. Our coach and the man who made us. He taught us how to play, how to never give up, how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club.

Eric we owe you everything.

– Gary Neville

Manchester United tweeted:

We are extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric's family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

– Manchester United