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Former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison dies aged 81

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Harrison was credited with the development of Manchester United’s Class of 92.

Eric Harrison, the former youth team coach of Manchester United’s Class of 92, has died aged 81.

Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.

Appointed by then United manager Ron Atkinson in 1981, Harrison mentored a number of other high-profile youngsters including Mark Hughes, Norman Whiteside, Wes Brown, David Platt and Darren Fletcher.

His greatest success came under Sir Alex Ferguson with the Class of 92 players forming the backbone of United’s treble-winning side of 1999.

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