Manchester United legends pay emotional tribute to Eric Harrison

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United’s Class of 92 have led tributes from all corners of the football world for Eric Harrison, who passed away peacefully aged 81.

Harrison joined the club in 1981 from Everton and was responsible for rearing the greatest group of academy players in the modern era.

Under his watch, players like David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt were transformed from promising youngsters into the backbone of Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble-winning side, with many other players coached by Harrison going on to enjoy successful careers elsewhere.

Sir Alex, the Class of 92 and many others have expressed their deep admiration for Harrison.


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A common theme among stories about Harrison – who only officially left the club in 2008 – is that he did not suffer fools lightly.

United has always been a club about standards – on and off the pitch. There is a particular ethic when it comes to representing United, a way in which you must carry yourself, and Harrison made that abundantly clear to every youngster considered good enough to grace the Cliff.

It was never good enough to be a top footballer for Harrison. You had to be a first-rate individual as well: respectful, ruthlessly determined, utterly professional. He was a model example of how United players should think.

We all send our condolences to Harrison’s family and hope he rests in peace.

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