Manchester United have paid their respect to long-serving Irish scout Joe Corcoran, who passed away on Wednesday.
Bringing names to United such as Kevin Moran, Liam O’Brien, John O’Shea, Paul McShane and Robbie Brady to Old Trafford, Corcoran was a well respected figure at the club.
Jim Lawlor, the club’s current chief scout, described Corcoran as “United through and through” and is expected to travel to Dublin on Saturday for the funeral.
He said: “Joe was very well liked and respected by everyone and was more of a friend than a colleague to those of us who worked with him.
“He was a very competitive man, loyal and dedicated to getting the best Irish players for our club.
“Having worked for us for so long, his network of contacts and profile was legendary in Ireland. There is no-one involved in football in Ireland that didn’t know Joe.
“A true gentleman who represented our club with dignity, dedication and total devotion, as they saw.
“His death is a huge loss to us professionally and, equally, personally.”