Former Ireland international and manager of Manchester United, Frank O'Farrell has died at the age of 94.

The Cork City native began his playing career in his home town with Cork United, before moving to England in 1948 to join West Ham United.

O’Farrell spent eight years at Upton Park before moving north to sign for Preston North End, where he spent five further seasons.

The wing-half earned nine Republic of Ireland caps during his time in England, making his international debut in a 6-0 victory over Austria.

O'Farrell then moved into management spending ten years at Weymouth, Torquay United and Leicester City, where he led the club to promotion to the top tier in English football, as well as taking the midlands club to the FA Cup final in 1969.

The move to Manchester United happened in 1971, where O’Farrell succeeded Matt Busby at Old Trafford, after being hand-picked by the club’s legendary manager.

O'Farrell comforting Allan Clarke during the FA Cup semi-final against WBA - Leicester would lose the decider 1-0 to Man City at Wembley

O’Farrell’s tenure began in spectacular fashion with George Best and Denis Law’a phenomenal form guiding the side to the top of the table by Christmas, however, a New Year slump in form and a falling out with Best led to an eventual eighth place finish.

He was sacked midway through the following season due to the club’s poor league form that saw the Red Devils slip to third-from-bottom of Division One.

O'Farrell remains the only Irishman to manage Manchester United and the club offered their condolences to family and friends.

"He lamented the fact that he had not been give more time to implement a long-term project at Old Trafford and, while we will never know how that might have turned out, we do know that we will always be grateful for his willingness to take the tiller at such a tricky point in the club's history," a club statement read.

"Staff at United send their condolences to Frank's family and friends at this difficult time.

O'Farrell went on to manage Cardiff City, the Iran national side, Al-Shaab in the UAE as well as further spells back at Torquay United.

The FAI paid tribute to their former player.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Frank O'Farrell following his passing. A former Republic of Ireland international.

"A former Republic of Ireland international, Frank started his career at Cork United before enjoying a lot of success overseas as a player and manager."