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

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Eric Harrison, the coach credited with producing Manchester United’s famous ‘Class of ‘92 youth side, has died at the age of 81.

“Manchester United is extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away on Wednesday,” the club said.

News of his death was confirmed on Thursday by United, where Harrison spent 17 years as a youth team coach after moving from Everton in 1981.

In 2017, when Harrison was awarded an MBE for his services to football, Ferguson said: “If you wanted a teacher who would give you the right way forward, the right path, Eric was that man.

“Eric served United with distinction as a mentor of young players, including a number of prodigies who achieved great success with club and country after graduating to the first team at Old Trafford.” Harrison, who played as a wing-half for Halifax and Hartlepool before turning to coaching on his retirement in 1972, was responsible for producing the group of players who were originally known as “Fergie’s Fledglings”, including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, who went on to play for the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson.

As I got to know him and the work he was doing, I realised it was a great decision.”

He was fantastic in his time at United.
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