Manchester United legends have laid to rest a former youth coach they all credit with their success.
David Beckham arrived at the funeral of Eric Harrison alongside fellow United ‘Class of 92’ teammate Gary Neville.
Other members of the group including Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs were also in attendance.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who owed Harrison a lot for providing the players that were key to his success, was also at the ceremony at Halifax Minster.
Ex-Manchester United players David Beckham and Gary Neville arrive at the funeral of Eric Harrison (Picture: SWNS)
(left to right) David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville (Picture: PA)
Ex-Manchester United player Ryan Giggs arrives at the funeral Picture: SWNS)
Paul Scholes also attended the funeral (Picture: PA)
The Order of Service is seen outside Halifax Minster Picture: PA)Butt spoke outside the service, saying: ‘He was a massive influence on me personally.
‘He was more of an influence on the lads who didn’t make it. The ones who didn’t make it in football but had the right work ethic.
‘He was an unbelievable maker of men as well as a coach. Coming through the ranks we respected him and he was there right through our careers.’
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Eric Harrison with the ‘Class of 92’ (Picture: MEN)
The Manchester United Youth Team pose at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)
Eric Harrison was a well respected youth coach (Picture: Getty)The streets were also lined with others from the footballing world and fans who wanted to pay their respects.
Former Man Utd striker Mark Hughes and former assistant coach Brian Kidd was also at the funeral.
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Sir Alex Ferguson was also at the funeral (Picture: SWNS)
Ex-Manchester United player Mark Hughes (Picture: SWNS)
The pallbearers arrive for the funeral of Eric Harrison (Picture: PA)
Ex-Manchester United player Nicky Butt arrives at the funeral Picture: SWNS)The Reverend Canon Hilary Barber said ‘the whole world’ wanted to come to the funeral, adding: ‘For the family, he was a really quiet private man who went out every day to work and then came home again.
‘We have a very quiet family funeral here and yet the whole world wants to come because he left a legacy as a footballer, a coach and a scout.
‘We can’t forget he was working with Sir Alex Ferguson to create that Class of 92 who won so many accolades and who all went on to become great role models for men and women even today.’
Harrison, 81, died earlier this month in a nursing home after being diagnosed with dementia five years ago.
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