Former Manchester United Midfielder Liam Miller Dies At 36

Miller Has Been Suffering From Cancer

Liam Miller
Image: Peadar O’Sullivan

Tributes have been paid to the former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller who has died at the age of 36.

In an announcement earlier on Saturday, Celtic said they were “deeply saddened” at Miller’s passing. The former Republic Of Ireland had been suffering from cancer for the past three months.

Another of his former clubs Hibernian said they were “incredibly saddened” to hear of Miller’s death while A-League side Brisbane Roar, where he won the 2014 league title, said they were “incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of our Championship winning midfielder.”

Miller was born in Cork. He joined Celtic as a youth-team player but moved to Manchester United after making 44 first-team appearances for the Scottish club. The story goes that Sir Alex Ferguson went to watch the Hoops play in a Champions League match with Anderlecht. He was primarily there to watch the Belgian club’s 17-year-old defender Vincent Kompany but ended up signing Miller instead. That wasn’t entirely true as United had been keeping tabs on the young Irishman for some time prior to that.

But his time at Old Trafford wasn’t a happy one. He made just 22 appearances for United before being sent out on loan to Leeds United. There then followed spells at Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and back to Scotland with Hibs before Miller moved to Australia. He spent four seasons Down Under making a total of 75 appearances for Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City before joining his home-town club Cork City in 2015. He then had a season with US fourth-tier side Wilmington Hammerheads in 2016 where he ended his career.

It was reported last November that Miller was suffering from pancreatic cancer and that he was due to return to the UK for chemotherapy.