Sunday 16 June 2019

Man United 'Class of 92' to reunite for Miller tribute match

Liam Miller. Picture: Getty
Liam Miller. Picture: Getty

Ralph Riegel

Stars from Manchester United's legendary 'Class of 92' will take part in a tribute match for late Irish midfielder Liam Miller (36) at Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh next month.

While former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been invited, it remains unclear whether he will be able to attend on health grounds.

Former Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane, who played alongside Miller, said all the players were really excited about the September 25 clash between a Manchester United XI and an Ireland/Celtic XI.

The match will feature some of the biggest Manchester United stars of the past 30 years, including five members of the 'Class of 92' side that won the FA Youth Cup and provided the backbone of the United sides that dominated the 1990s and 2000s.

"I don't think anyone realises quite how big the pitch is down at Páirc Uí Chaoimh," Keane said.

"They are in for a shock - but the players will really enjoy it.

"It will be a great occasion for Cork."

The proceeds from the game will go to Miller's young family, Marymount Hospice and a number of Cork charities.

Miller, a Cork-born father of three, lost a brave battle with cancer earlier this year.

Gary Neville described participating in the match as a privilege. "We have to come over here and make sure that Liam Miller gets the tribute and the game he deserves and that the fans who come and watch have a great time," he said.

"It's important that we do him justice because it's really terrible what has happened.

"One of the things about the spirit of Manchester United is that you support your teammates.

"You don't talk about players who are not at the club, you talk about players who are in the dressing room, and Liam was one of our players. He was a good man, a good player."

Tickets go on sale at 10am next Monday with prices varying from the concession rate of €10 up to €90 for premium passes.

Irish Independent

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