Ex-Man Utd midfielder Miller dies aged 36

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The football family is mourning the loss of Liam Miller who sadly passed away late on Friday night following a fearless battle with cancer.

Miller won 26 caps for Ireland and represented Manchester United, Sunderland and Celtic among others during a successful career.

Miller began his career at Celtic and established his reputation as one of the brightest prospects in Europe, before moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2004.

A statement from Cork Schoolboy League said their thoughts and prayers were with Liam's family.

Sutton, who played alongside Miller at Celtic, added his own kind words: 'Terribly sad news about Liam Miller.

President Higgins expressed condolences to Liam's family and friends.

The father-of-three, who also played for Hibernian, Leeds and Sunderland, passed away just four days short of his 37th birthday. We extend our condolences to our friends in the FA of Ireland and to Liam's family and friends.

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"Manchester United is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of our former midfielder Liam Miller", United said in a tweet.

"We heard it this morning and it was bad news".

Miller's death has sent an outpouring of messages honouring the late footballer, who was known for his quiet and humble nature. We went to Australia and played against his team but I didn't know him well.

Hibs tweeted "We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Hibernian player Liam Miller".

Miller's former team-mates and clubs expressed their shock and sadness on social media, with fellow Ireland worldwide Andy Reid calling the Cork man "a great lad with a brilliant dry sense of humour and fine player". "A very young man, 36 years of age, it puts things in perspective anyway".

"There will be a moment of silence before tonight's match between Melbourne City FC, one of Liam's former clubs, and Sydney FC, while Brisbane Roar's Westfield W-League side will wear black armbands tomorrow".

The 36-year-old returned to Ireland last November from America, where he had been playing for Wilmington Hammerheads.