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Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92, his family announced on Thursday.

Docherty, affectionately known as “The Doc,” had suffered from a long illness.

“Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home,” his family said in a statement.

“He was a much-loved husband, father and papa and will be terribly missed. We ask that our privacy be respected at this time. There will be no further comment.”

A United statement read: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to FA Cup victory in 1977 with a thrilling, attacking team in the best traditions of Manchester United.

“Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.”

Docherty spent most of his playing career — nine years — at Preston before joining Arsenal and then Chelsea. He also made 25 international appearances for Scotland.

He went on to manage 12 clubs, also including Chelsea, Aston Villa and Derby. But he was best known for his five-year spell at Old Trafford, overseeing an FA Cup final win over Bob Paisley’s Liverpool in 1977.

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