Eric Harrison: Former Manchester United youth coach and Class of 92 mentor dies aged 81

Eric Harrison (top left) with the Manchester United youth team

Eric Harrison, the Manchester United youth coach credited with developing their ‘Class of 92’ has died, aged 81.

Harrison, who was diagnosed with dementia four years ago, passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

A lower-league player at Halifax, Hartlepool, Barrow and Southport, he became youth team manager in 1981.

But he enjoyed his greatest success after Sir Alex Ferguson revamped United’s scouting network following his appointment as manager in 1986.

The club said it was “deeply saddened” by the news.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time,” it added.

In 1992, the United side managed by Harrison won the FA Youth Cup with one of the best crop of young players in the English game.

Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt all went on to have long careers with England. Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage did the same with Wales.

“We’ve lost our mentor, our coach and the man who made us,” Gary Neville said.