Sir Alex Ferguson has penned a touching tribute to former Celtic and Man United player, Liam Miller in the match programme of today’s testimonial game at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
The legendary manager is unable to attend the match following his recent health scare.
Ferguson explained the decision in the match programme:
“It is with reluctance and considerable disappointment that I will not be in Cork for today’s tributes to our former player at Manchester United, Liam Miller.
Circumstances and advice from those who know better than I has decreed that I stay put.”
— Richard Barrett (@RichieBarrett) September 25, 2018
The former Manchester United manager also recalled the time when Liam Miller outshone Vincent Kompany, amongst others, in a Champions League match between Celtic and Anderlecht in November 2003:
“My attention soon gravitated to Celtic’s energetic young midfielder, slight of stature but with an assured, calm way about him.
What I witnessed was a player with a tremendous set of midfield fundamentals – his movement off the ball, his penetration of the Anderlecht midfield.”
“He was a wonderful young lad, with humility and manners admired by myself and all at the club.”
Ferguson was rushed to hospital to undergo emergency brain surgery in May, however, thankfully he has since recovered from his health issues and returned to Old Trafford on Saturday 22 September to watch Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.
Due to medical advice, however, Ferguson is, unfortunately, unable to attend the Liam Miller Tribute Match, which kicks off at 3pm at a sold-out Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
For more information about the match, click here.