Manchester United will wear black arm-bands for today’s Premier League tie against Newcastle v United at St James’ Park and their will be a minutes silence before the match kicks off to allow respects to be paid to former Celtic and Manchester United player Liam Miller, who passed away on Friday, aged just 36.
Liam was probably the closest we have ever got to producing another Paul McStay. He was that good.
Injury restricted his appearances for the Hoops but when at Celtic, he was in the team he made Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side purr as the ball was moved across the park and at the highest level in the Champions League. His goal against French Champions Lyon in the Champions League in 2003 was a thing of beauty.
Born in Cork, Ireland on 13 February 1981, Liam joined United for the start of the 2004/05 season. He had spent the previous seven years at Celtic, initially as a youth-team player before turning professional.
Alongside fellow new signing Alan Smith, the Irishman was presented to the media by Sir Alex Ferguson on 20 July 2004 and he made his debut a month later when coming on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match away to Dinamo Bucharest.
That was the first of Miller’s 22 senior appearances for the Reds across four competitions. His two United goals both came in the League Cup, away to Crewe Alexandra in his first season and then at home to Barnet in 2005/06.
The Republic of Ireland international spent the majority of the latter campaign on loan to Leeds United before leaving the Reds in August 2006 and signing a three-year deal with Sunderland, then managed by Roy Keane.
Miller went on to ply his trade with Queens Park Rangers, Hibernian and several clubs in Australia, which led to him facing United in a pre-sea
Yesterday Liam passed away, at just 36 years of age, leaving behind a wife and three children. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.