News: Former Manchester United midfielder dies after losing battle to cancer

Liam Miller. Picture: By Peadar O'Sullivan (originally posted to Flickr as Liam Miller) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died at the age of 36.

The Republic of Ireland international was undergoing treatment in the United States for pancreatic cancer, and the Red Devils will now wear black armbands against Newcastle United this afternoon in his memory.

Miller joined United from perennial Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in 2004, where he was tipped to be ‘the next Roy Keane’. However, his time at Old Trafford didn’t go to plan and saw him exiting Old Trafford two years later on a free transfer.

The Cork-born footballer had a nomadic career, playing for Aarhus GF, Leeds United, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers, Hibernian, Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City, Cork City and Wilmington before he retired in January last year.

Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed Miller 14 years ago, paid tribute to the midfielder. He said to United’s official website: “I am very sad to hear that Liam has died.

 “He was a good professional, who served our club in an excellent manner. He was a quiet, unassuming young man and was popular with everyone at Carrington. On behalf of all my staff who worked with Liam at the time, we send our deepest sympathy to his family.”

 Tributes have poured out for the ex-Red Devil, who made 21 appearances for Ireland. Most regarded Miller as a humble player who never took his fame and fortune for granted. He made only 20 appearances for United but was held in high regard for his attitude and spirit, as well as his quiet nature.




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