The post paid tribute to former youth coach at Old Trafford, Eric Harrison, the man attributed with the development of the famous ‘Class of 92’ of which Neville was a member, as well as many other generations of players.
In the Tweet, the right-back now a pundit on Sky Sports wrote the following:
“We’ve lost our mentor, our coach and the man who made us. He taught us how to play, how to never give up, how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club. Eric, we owe you everything.”
Harrison lost his battle with mixed dementia today and is already being sorely missed by the football world. And United fans were just as emotional as Neville in their replies to his Tweet…
Eric was simply lovely. At a time when not many women were reporting on football he helped and encouraged me. A true gentleman
— sally nugent (@sallynugent) February 14, 2019
As fans we owe him everything too. Without him your group might never have given us such highs. RIP Eric ?
— Liam Whelan (@liam11) February 14, 2019
Noooo waaay ffs Not Eric. Always loved heading him speak about you lot growing up. He was so proud and humble during your development into the first team. #RIPEric
— Seán Josephus Hambo ?? (@Sean99Hamill) February 14, 2019
Lovely words @GNev2 . A huge loss for the game . I feel for all that were fortunate enough to have played for Eric .
— Martin Wallwork (@mwallwork7) February 14, 2019
Sad loss, part of our DNA! Rest in peace Eric.?
— Salford Phlatts (@salfordphlatts) February 14, 2019
Sad day for everyone connected with United today . Sadly won’t be all over sky TV . But us red know the work Eric Harrison did . R.i.p Legend
— darren bradley (@darrenbradley7) February 14, 2019