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Tributes paid to Cork's former Ireland and Manchester United star Liam Miller

February 10th, 2018 10:02 AM

By Kieran McCarthy

Liam Miller played for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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TRIBUTES are being paid to Cork’s former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller who heartbreakingly passed away on Friday.

The 36-year-old had been suffering with pancreatic cancer since last year.

Miller won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland after making his debut in 2004, and he played for several clubs including Manchester United where he played 22 times under Sir Alex Ferguson, Celtic, Sunderland, Leeds United and Cork City in a 16-year career that saw him spend a spell in Australia.

Former club Manchester United said: ‘Manchester United is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of our former midfielder Liam Miller. We extend our condolences to his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.’

Ireland soccer legend Paul McGrath tweeted: ‘Rest In Peace Liam Miller, taken way too soon, my thoughts and prayers are with Liam’s family, friends and club mates.’

Miller’s former club Leeds United said: ‘Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #LUFC midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.’

Miller’s former Ireland team-mate Kevin Kilbane said: ‘Sad hearing the awful news that Liam Miller has passed away this evening, taken far so soon by a terrible disease. Proud to have shared a dressing room with him over the years.’

Ireland President Michael D Higgins also offered his condolences: ‘It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Liam Miller, who brought skill and passion to his games, for the Republic of Ireland, Cork City, Celtic, Manchester Utd and other clubs. I send my condolences to his family and friends, and all those who love Irish sport.’

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