It has been reported in The Times that Eric Harrison, the legendary Manchester United coach who brought through the Class of 92, is suffering from dementia.

A few months ago, Harrison’s grandson contacted the players – David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. Within a week, all of them had come to see the 79-year-old.

David Beckham paid a visit with a bottle of whiskey and a carrot cake he had made with his children. He made the drive from London to Halifax to see the man who had made such an impact on his career. Sadly, the dementia is now so deep set, Harrison didn’t recognise any of the players when they came.

Harrison’s daughter warned Beckham that the former coach had started swearing more over recent months, to which Beckham replied: “Started swearing?! When we were with him, every other word was the F word!”

But Harrison didn’t used to swear at home and this is just one of the symptoms that have let the family know how how unwell he is. Another is that he no longer has interest in watching football on the television, although will still wear his United coat when he leaves the house.