Saturday 20 April 2019

Alex Ferguson and David Beckham join Manchester United stars past and present to pay respects to Eric Harrison

Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ïClass of 92Í stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ïClass of 92Í stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Alex Ferguson and David Beckham were among those in attendance at the funeral of former Manchester United youth team boss Eric Harrison on Tuesday afternoon.

Harrison, who coached United's famous 'Class of 92', died aged 81 on February 13. Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt worked under Harrison before achieving great success with Ferguson's United, including the treble in 1999.

Ferguson gave a eulogy at the service at Halifax Minster, in which he said: "He was a fantastic coach. There are so many things I could say about him, but the most important thing is he was tough.

"He was making them men. If you wanted to play for Manchester United in the first team in front of 75,000 you needed to be a man, and that is what he gave them.

Clayton Blackmore arrives for the funeral of Eric Harrison at Halifax Minster Halifax Minster Causeway, Halifax. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. See PA story FUNERAL Harrison. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Clayton Blackmore arrives for the funeral of Eric Harrison at Halifax Minster Halifax Minster Causeway, Halifax. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. See PA story FUNERAL Harrison. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTED REMOVING REFERENCE TO NICKY BUTT David Beckham (left) and Gary Neville (right) arriving at Halifax Minster ahead of the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ÔClass of 92Õ stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTED REMOVING REFERENCE TO NICKY BUTT David Beckham (left) and Gary Neville (right) arriving at Halifax Minster ahead of the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ÔClass of 92Õ stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
David Beckham (left) and Gary Neville (right) arriving at Halifax Minster ahead of the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ÔClass of 92Õ stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
David Beckham arriving at Halifax Minster ahead of the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ÔClass of 92Õ stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Steve Bruce arrives for the funeral of Eric Harrison at Halifax Minster Halifax Minster Causeway, Halifax. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. See PA story FUNERAL Harrison. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Steve Bruce arrives for the funeral of Eric Harrison at Halifax Minster Halifax Minster Causeway, Halifax. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. See PA story FUNERAL Harrison. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The pallbearers arrive for the funeral of Eric Harrison at Halifax Minster Halifax Minster Causeway, Halifax. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. See PA story FUNERAL Harrison. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ïClass of 92Í stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gary Neville outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the 'Class of 92' stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gary Neville outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the 'Class of 92' stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Sir Alex Ferguson outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the ÔClass of 92Õ stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
David Beckham and Steve Bruce outside Halifax Minster after the funeral of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 26, 2019. Harrison, who forged the fledgling careers of the 'Class of 92' stars David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"It was that toughness that allowed his players to play for Manchester United. When they got to me, I had no fear about their character, because he had formed it."

The former United manager added: "Of course, he improved all his footballers. He did a great job in improving them as footballers. But that wasn't his best job. The best job (is) he made them good human beings. That is what I always remember.

"Everyone who came through in his time at Manchester United were good human beings, and that is what they all should be very grateful for, and me in particular."

Along with Ferguson, Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Gary Neville and Butt, United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan - who worked as Ferguson's number two - were also among around 700 attendees.

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