Eric Harrison: Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ youth coach dies, aged 81

RIP

The former academy coach was credited with developing United’s famous crop of homegrown stars

Former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison, the man credited with developing the club’s famous ‘Class of 92’, has passed away, aged 81.

Harrison was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and passed away in his sleep on Wednesday night.

Gary Neville and ‘the man who made us’ Eric Harrison

Gary Neville and ‘the man who made us’ Eric Harrison

He became United’s youth team manager in 1981 and spent 27 years at the Old Trafford club, nurturing young players who would go on to become United legends – including the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville.

He was awarded an MBE for his services to football last year.

Gary Neville was among those to pay tribute to Harrison on Thursday morning, with this heartfelt Twitter post.

In 1992, Harrison’s Red Devils won the FA Youth Cup with a team of young players boasting the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Robbie Savage.

Paul Scholes and Phil Neville joined the team the following year, but lost in the final against Leeds. In 1995 United won the cup again, with Phil as captain.

Mark Hughes was along among the players to come through the United ranks under Harrison.

Eric Harrison with his Man United youth team in 1990 – can you spot the famous faces?

Eric Harrison with his Man United youth team in 1990 – can you spot the famous faces?

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