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The Glasgow native led United to FA Cup glory in 1977, which came after the club had been relegated three years earlier.
Former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty died at the age of 92.
His family released a statement saying that Docherty, known as The Doc, passed away at his home in north-west England after a long illness.
A spokesperson for the family said in a sentence: “Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home.
“He was a very beloved husband, father and father and will be greatly missed.
“We ask that our privacy be respected at this time. There will be no further comment.”
Born in Glasgow, Docherty was in charge of Chelsea, Manchester United and Aston Villa among the 12 clubs he coached during his 27-year coaching career.
Docherty made more than 300 appearances for Preston as a player and the Lilywhites released a statement on Twitter that read: “Everyone at Preston North End is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player and coach Tommy Docherty, who made more than 300 appearances with the club.
“Our thoughts are with Tommy’s loved ones at this sad time.”
He represented Celtic, Preston, Arsenal and Chelsea during a playing career that saw him win 25 games for Scotland, but it was in management that he forged his status in the game.
He won a League Cup at Chelsea in 1965, but took his career to another level at Manchester United.
They persuaded him to leave his post in charge of Scotland to face a United team that was in decline due to the aging team.
Docherty kept them in his first season in command, but the following campaign, 1973-74, they were relegated to the Second Division.
The Red Devils bounced back in the top flight the first time they asked and in 1975-76 they finished third in the table and lost an FA Cup final.
The following season, Docherty secured a huge trophy with United when they beat Liverpool 2-1 to win the FA Cup.
A statement from United on Twitter read: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to victory in the FA Cup in 1977 with an exciting and offensive team in the best Manchester United traditions.
“Everyone at the club sends their deepest condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.”