The Club received the news that its previous manager Frank O’Farrell died on March 6, 2022, at the age of 94, with great sadness.

Between July 1971 to December 1972, the Irishman led the Red Devils, succeeding Sir Matt Busby, who had returned to the manager after his initial successor Wilf McGuiness was dismissed.

During the 1971/72 season, O’Farrell led United to a First Division title, losing only once in his first 14 league matches in charge, but they gradually faded from contention and ended ninth.

O’Farrell began his career with his hometown club in Cork before traveling to England to play for West Ham United and then Preston North End.

He went on to manage Weymouth, Torquay, and Leicester City before joining Man United as manager.

O’Farrell witnessed some of George Best’s most memorable performances with the Red Devils, including two hat-tricks and a magnificent strike against Sheffield United at Old Trafford, and even persuaded him to come out of retirement.

Frank O’Farrell was born and bred in Cork, where he began his professional football career with his hometown club.

In 1948, he joined West Ham and played 197 appearances for the Hammers before joining Preston North End in 1956.

After six years at Deepdale, O’Farrell resigned from professional football in 1961 owing to cartilage removal surgery.



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