Ex-Manchester United star dies aged 36

Tributes have been paid to former Manchester United player Liam Miller after he died from cancer aged just 36.

Born in Cork, Ireland on 13 February 1981, Miller was best known for his spells with Celtic, Manchester United, Sunderland and QPR.

Miller played under Sir Alex Ferguson for two years at Old Trafford between 2004-2006 netting twice in 22 appearances in all competitions.

A statement from Cork Schoolboy League said their thoughts and prayers were with Liam's family.

And prior to Ireland's Six Nations game with Italy at Croke Park, the IRFU sent their condolences to the Miller family, saying: "Waking up to the very sad news about Liam Miller".

Manchester United said the club were "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death" of Miller and they extended their "condolences to his loved ones at this extremely hard time".

"We went to Australia and played against his team [Perth Glory in July 2011] but I didn't know him well".

He said he was "deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and old team-mate Liam Miller".

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Leeds United World also posted: "Tomorrow in the 17th minute we need to sing ' One Liam Miller ' 17 referring to his shirt number at Leeds??"

Miller's first club Celtic also paid tribute, as did a range of former teammates.

Rooney's team-mate Michael Carrick added: "Terribly sad to hear the news of Liam Miller passing away this morning".

He earned 21 caps during his global career, and most recently played for American side Wilmington Hammerheads.

Sunderland will wear black armbands in memory of Miller during their Championship game away at Bristol City on Saturday, and Manchester United players will do the same during Sunday's Premier League game at Newcastle United. "A very young man, 36 years of age, it puts things in perspective anyway".

And United are set to pay tribute to their former player with black armbands.

Since 2016, Liam had lived in the United States with his wife and children, where he played with Wilmington Hammerheads, before moving on to a coaching role with Real Monarchs.

  • Ismael Montgomery