Eric Harrison, ex Manchester United youth coach, dies at the age of 81

Eric Harrison, ex Manchester United youth coach, dies at the age of 81

- Eric Harrison who handled Manchester United youth team in 1992 is dead

- Harrison died on Wednesday evening, February 13, after battle against dementia

- Players like Neville, Beckham, Nicky Butt, and Ryan Giggs played under him

Former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison who was known for helping the club's class of 1992 players has died at the age of 81.

Four years ago, Eric Harrison was said to have been diagnosed with dementia, and he eventually lost the fight against the disease.

According to the report, the Englishman died on Wednesday evening, February 13, with his family by his side.

"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 said in a statement.

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Eric Harrison became youth team manager in 1981, but it was under former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that he enjoyed his coaching career.

Alex Ferguson joined in 1986 with the Scot revamping the club's scouting network.

And that led to the fabled class of '92, widely been acknowledged as one of the greatest crops of young players to graduate into a first team.

In 1992 under Eric Harrison, great players like Neville, Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage won the FA youth Cup.

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