The world is still reeling from the tragic news that Liam Miller has passed away at the age of 36.
Miller made a name for himself at Celtic, breaking through under Martin O'Neill and dazzling in the Champions League memorably scoring against Lyon and Anderlecht. His performances moved Henrik Larsson to remark that Liam Miller was "one of the best young talents I have ever seen".
Alex Ferguson was present at the Celtic/Anderlecht game, with the Manchester United manager reportedly there to cast his eye over Vincent Kompany, then still plying his trade in the Belgian league.
Miller, however, caught Ferguson's attention instead, and signed him upon the expiration of his Celtic contract. Miller moved to United in the summer of 2004, joining in the same window as Wayne Rooney.
Miller went on to make nine appearances for United before moving to Leeds on loan. He ultimately left the club to join Roy Keane at Sunderland. In spite of the lack of first-team opportunities, Miller made an impression at Old Trafford, with many of the club's legends paying tribute today.
Manchester United is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of our former midfielder Liam Miller. We extend our condolences to his loved ones at this extremely difficult time. pic.twitter.com/k87wINacg3
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 10, 2018
David Beckham posted on Instagram:
Rio Ferdinand spoke on BT Sport in tribute to his former teammate.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) February 10, 2018
Like Miller, Brian McLair played for both Celtic and United.
At Utd Liam Miller, was a quiet, unassuming, humble lad who loved playing and training always striving to give his all everyday. A model pro.
condolences to his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/1rkmab0WVY
— Brian McClair (@BrianMcClair13) February 10, 2018
In a message that served to underline just how cruel Miller's passing is, Michael Carrick - now United captain - paid tribute to a former teammate of the same age.
Terribly sad to hear the news of Liam Miller passing away this morning. Liam was at utd when I first signed. Same age as me. So very sad. Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/GVFqRWIrVb
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) February 10, 2018
Plenty of other United legends also paid their respects.
Incredible sad news RIP Liam my heart goes out to all his family at this very difficult time.. pic.twitter.com/jgb4BhhXoj
— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) February 10, 2018
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) February 10, 2018
Terrible news Rip ❤️ https://t.co/6UgV2sH2bZ
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 10, 2018