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Former Manchester United defender Tony Dunne dies aged 78

Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United defender Tony Dunne has today passed away at the age of 78.

The Dubliner was part of Sir Matt Busby’s United team who won the European Cup in 1968 and he made over 500 appearances for the club.

In 1965 and 1967 he helped the side to league glory while spending an incredible 13 years at Old Trafford.

It is with great sadness we bring you this news — and former team-mate Alex Stepney was quick to react on Twitter, describing Dunne as “a class act”.


Dunne signed for United in 1960 after playing for Shelbourne in Dublin. Nine years later, still at United, he was named the Irish Footballer of the Year.

When his time at United came to an end, Dunne joined Bolton before later moving on to Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League in 1979.

On the international stage, Dunne earned 33 caps for Ireland.

We send our respects to Tony Dunne’s friends and family.

Respect shown on Twitter for the late Tony Dunne

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